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A Piece of My Mind
December 13, 2016


Author Affiliations
  • 1Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland. Now with the National Clinician Scholars Program, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, with additional support from the Department of Veterans Affairs
  • 2Baltimore, Maryland

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JAMA. 2016;316(22):2361-2362. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.10942

Some health care information flows quickly. With the click of a mouse, an electronic medical record can produce a child’s vaccination history or details about an adult’s prior efforts at smoking cessation. But the more we rely on technology to organize patient data, the easier it is for a different type of information to go missing. That type of information emerges outside the examination room, like it did one sweltering summer morning in a brick building in East Baltimore. This wasn’t in a clinic or a hospital. It was in church.

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