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June 17, 1988

The Computer-Stored Medical RecordFor Whom?

JAMA. 1988;259(23):3454-3456. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03720230064033

The medical record has grown in complexity to meet the many new demands for patient information. Computers have facilitated access to some information for some care providers, but automation has also highlighted the difficulty of designing an effective logic for a document with so many uses and users. In this issue of THE JOURNAL, McDonald and Tierney1 review how a computer-stored medical record (CSMR) can aid physician practice, provided certain problems can be overcome.