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Vermont could be guide on health care

RUTLAND, Vt. — Kirk Dufty doesn’t have to rely on patients’ hazy memories or take their word for what drugs they’re taking when they show up at his emergency room.

In minutes, the doctor can find out whether a man with chest pains has filled the prescription for the anti-clotting medication he’s supposed to take or whether a woman complaining about a stomachache is really trying to get more narcotics to feed her drug habit.

The information is available at Rutland Regional Medical Center through a new computerized records system installed as part of the broader health care overhaul Vermont passed in 2006. It helps Dufty do exactly what the overhaul was designed to do statewide: cut costs and provide better medical care to patients.

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