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Toward Electronic Medical Records That Improve Care

William M. Tierney, MD; J. Marc Overhage, MD; and Clement J. McDonald, MD
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Regenstrief Institute for Health Care, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Requests for Reprints: William M. Tierney, MD, Regenstrief Institute for Health Care, RHC, Fifth Floor, 1001 West Tenth Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Grant Support: In part by HS07632, HS07763, and HS07719 from the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research; PHB93-S1 from the Indiana State Department of Health; and contract N01-LM-4-3510 from the National Library of Medicine. The opinions expressed are solely those of the authors.

Copyright ©2004 by the American College of Physicians

Ann Intern Med. 1995;122(9):725-726. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-122-9-199505010-00011
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Computers and other machinery of the Information Age have been touted as bringing a revolution to medical care that would improve its quality and lower its costs [1]. However, accomplishing these tasks requires electronic medical record systems that are not merely electronic renditions of paper charts. For maximum effect, electronic medical record systems should actively participate in improving patient outcomes.

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