Yes, governments should invest in the development of electronic medical records as electronic records are the wave of the future. Many doctor offices and hospitals already use such records, and the use of such records universally can only be a good thing. Thus, governments should invest in such new, wonderful practices.
Electronic medical records may improve the quality of health care for individuals. If the government were to standardize the documentation of medical records in an electronic format, then people who transfer providers would have an easy way to transfer their records. It would likely be more economical to do it in this fashion, as long as there is a maintenance system that does not violate HIPAA laws.