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A Piece of My Mind
May 24/31, 2006


Author Affiliations

A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 2006;295(20):2335-2336. doi:10.1001/jama.295.20.2335

The electronic medical record (EMR) arrived at our teaching hospital one year ago and the resultant changes in medical student and physician notes have been remarkable. While EMR is highly efficient in producing notes, virtually all of its notes are longer, recombinant versions of previous notes. Even notes of different authors are morphed by EMR into clones of one another. As physicians have become more adept with the time-saving features of EMR, their notes have been rendered incapable of conveying usable information by their bloated and obfuscated nature.

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