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July 13, 2005

Computers and Clinical Work

JAMA. 2005;294(2):181-182. doi:10.1001/jama.294.2.181-b

To the Editor: An Editorial by Drs Wears and Berg1 and an article by Dr Koppel and colleagues2 provided a critique of the current state of affairs of health care IT, specifically computerized physician order entry systems and clinical decision support. These articles suggest that the difficulties associated with computer-based medical assistance tools are so deep-rooted that, perhaps, these efforts should be curtailed or significantly redirected.