The Electronic Medical Record: Beauty and the Beast

American medicine has belatedly entered the digital world with nearly universal utilization of the electronic medical record (EMR). Physicians have welcomed some aspects of the EMR and cursed others. As an industry, we were far behind most other commercial entities in “going digital”, and the versions of the EMR used in the US at this time represent, in my opinion, only the earliest examples of an incomplete and less than totally useful digital product.

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