Electronic Health Records: An Awkward Third Wheel
AbstractDespite the theoretical and anecdotal beneﬁts of electronic health records (EHRs) that could bring improvements such as communication among healthcare professionals, a decrease in unnecessary testing, and lower healthcare costs, the deﬁnitive outcome studies have been inconclusive. Studies that review the pre- and postimplementation of the EHRs regarding expenses and quality of care may be limited by confounding factors because of concurrent care management and other transitional care system changes.1 Because of the variability among EHR systems and healthcare practices, improved outcomes in a research study may not generalize to other physicians and
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