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Research Letter
September 2016

Medical Student Use of Electronic Health Records to Track Former Patients

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2Department of Internal Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(9):1395-1397. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.3878

Medical students are increasingly using electronic health records (EHRs) in training. One educational application of EHRs involves tracking former patients after they have left one’s direct care.1 By providing longitudinal access to future clinical data, EHRs allow students to audit their diagnostic impressions and observe patient outcomes.2

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