Electronic Medical Records, Built For Efficiency, Often Backfire

November 7, 2014 5:30 PM

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Electronic medical records were supposed to usher in the future of medicine.

Prescriptions would be beamed to the pharmacy. A doctor could call up patients’ medical histories anywhere, anytime. Nurses and doctors could easily find patients’ old lab results or last X-rays to see what how they’re doing. The computer system could warn doctors about dangerous drug combinations b...

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