Speaking of the Affordable Care Act, a provision for electronic records and updated IT is to take effect on October 1, 2012:
From the whitehouse.gov website description of the provision:
Reducing Paperwork and Administrative Costs. Health care remains one of the few industries that relies on paper records. The new law will institute a series of changes to standardize billing and requires health plans to begin adopting and implementing rules for the secure, confidential, electronic exchange of health information. Using electronic health records will reduce paperwork and administrative burdens, cut costs, reduce medical errors and most importantly, improve the quality of care. First regulation effective October 1, 2012.
My granddaughter's pediatrician is the only one I know of so far that has had patients filling out new information cards specifically because they are moving to electronic records. Up until now, their health records having been completely paper based.
So have you asked your healthcare provider how it's doing with compliance with this provision? October isn't very far away, now is it?