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Medical News & Perspectives
September 22/29, 2015

On the Road to Interoperability, Public and Private Organizations Work to Connect Health Care Data

JAMA. 2015;314(12):1213-1215. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.5930

When David Ross, MD, a family medicine physician who works in an Affiliated Community Medical Centers clinic in Litchfield, Minnesota, as well as a part-time emergency department physician in a local hospital, treats a patient who is from out of town, he wishes that he were able to quickly and easily look at that patient’s electronic health record (EHR). Often, he said, a patient who arrives at the emergency department may be unconscious or incoherent, and without access to the patient’s record, he doesn’t know anything about that patient’s medical history.