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Special Article
September 2010

The Electronic Medical Record in Dermatology

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Medical students, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Rootstown, Ohio (Drs Grosshandler and Tulbert); Department of Dermatology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York (Dr Kaufmann); Department of Dermatology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois (Dr Bhatia); and Department of Internal Medicine, Dermatology Section, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, and Department of Dermatology, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, and Department of Dermatology, University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, New York (Dr Brodell). Dr Grosshandler has received a Doctor of Medicine degree and is now at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, Ohio. Dr Tulbert has received a Doctor of Medicine degree and is now at Summa Health System, Akron City Hospital, Akron, Ohio.

Arch Dermatol. 2010;146(9):1031-1036. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2010.229

Governmental incentives to stimulate the “meaningful use” of electronic medical records and future disincentives for Medicaid and Medicare provide an impetus for dermatologists to consider adding this technology to their clinical practice. Dermatologists should carefully weigh the pros and cons of establishing an electronic medical record system before incorporating this expensive technology. This article reviews available scientific and economic data required for dermatologists to help make an informed choice.