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Computerization of the health care record is inevitable. Anyone who has struggled to decipher a colleague's scrawlings or who has rummaged through a ream of pages, futilely trying to find the last creatinine clearance, can attest to the inefficiency of our current charting system. The question is not whether we will use computers for the patient care record, but rather when and how.
In a provocative study, the Institute of Medicine answers these and other questions. This study sets the ambitious goal of conversion to a standard computer-based record in this decade. This broad-based committee with input from over 200
The Computer-Based Patient Record: An Essential Technology for Health Care. Ann Intern Med. ;117:976. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-117-11-976_1
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