Semin Med Pract
2002 Dec;5(4):13-20, 25-29
The promise of computerized patient record systems for office practice
Moore BB, Slater B
Physicians in practice often do not have all the critical information they need to deliver optimal and efficient patient care because they must rely on paper-based medical records that are not equipped to provide needed data. Inadequate information is recognized as a major factor contributing to serious health care quality problems in the United States, including medical errors. Computerized patient records (CPRs) offer a potential tool for addressing these problems. This article explores the improvements in patient care that are promised by using CPRs in daily outpatient practice. The authors describe basic features and functions of CPRs and offer recommendations for residents interested in working with this technology.
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