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A Piece of My Mind
August 18, 2015

Writing the Wrong

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
JAMA. 2015;314(7):671-672. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.5281

The electronic health record (EHR) was implemented at our hospital midway through my first year of residency. What a relief, I thought. My colleagues and I sang EHR’s praises and were ready to embrace the upcoming efficiency and reduction in errors; not to mention forever abandoning trying to decipher formalized but shambolic handwriting, which we considered medical hieroglyphics. And embrace it we did. Prior to EHR, we relied on the patient for all sources of information. Now, whenever we were told of an admission, my resident and I would “look everything up” on our EHR first. This was the new trend, occurring admission after admission.

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