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May 28, 2003

Can Administrative Data Assess Physicians' Quality of Care?—Reply

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(20):2648. doi:10.1001/jama.289.20.2648-c

To the Editor: In his Editorial, Dr Hsia1 briefly mentioned the need for computerized medical records. As a clinician I take issue with any study that presumes to evaluate the care I may give patients in the hospital or in my office. Such data are mostly collected through the administrative side of the chart and the data are wrong more often than they are correct. A clinically driven electronic medical record would be much more accurate to effectively monitor both physicians and patients.