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August 11, 2010

Should Sensitive Information From Clinical Trials Be Included in Electronic Medical Records?

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia.

JAMA. 2010;304(6):685-686. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1117

Medical institutions are rapidly moving toward electronic medical records (EMRs) because of regulatory pressures and perceived benefits in efficiency and quality of patient care. The federal stimulus bill of 2009 included $36 billion to incentivize medical institutions to adopt EMRs, and President Obama has declared it a goal that every patient have an EMR by 2014.1

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