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Invited Commentary
February 2018

Electronic Health Records Are Here to Stay

Author Affiliations
  • 1Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
JAMA Ophthalmol. 2018;136(2):170-171. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2017.5918

Ophthalmologists in the United States are adopting electronic health record (EHR) systems at an ever-increasing rate. As shown in the study by Lim et al1 in this issue of JAMA Ophthalmology, ophthalmologists have almost quadrupled their EHR use, from 19% in 2008 to 72% in 2016.1 Ophthalmology is not alone in seeking to understand the effect of EHRs on patient care and the workforce. The effects of EHR implementation have been the subject of numerous articles in the popular press, blog sites, and the scientific literature.2,3

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