New Mexico bill aims to cut back on physician error and cost

Gov. Bill Richardson is expected to sign into law privacy regulations for electronic medical records contained in a bill passed by the House on Monday.

Richardson said physician errors will be reduced and costs will be better controlled as hospitals and doctors move from paper to electronic records.

The bill passed the House 61-2. It had passed the Senate earlier.

The bill, part of the governor's health package, requires patients' permission for their records to be part of an electronic system.