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.
Benjamin J. Oldfield, Paula R. Duvall. Coauthors. JAMA. 2016;316(22):2361–2362. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.10942