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Electronic Health Records: Promises and Realities

A 3-Part Series Part I: The Digital Sea Change, Ready or Not
      Most American hospitals have been slow to adopt electronic health records (EHRs), despite widespread anticipation that these systems would improve both clinical performance and economic efficiency.
      The terms “electronic health record” and “electronic medical record” are used interchangeably, with “health information technology” or “medical informatics” denoting the discipline more generally. EHR appears preferentially here to minimize potential confusion with other acronyms in emergency medicine (EM, EMS, EMT, etc).
      low asteriskThe terms “electronic health record” and “electronic medical record” are used interchangeably, with “health information technology” or “medical informatics” denoting the discipline more generally. EHR appears preferentially here to minimize potential confusion with other acronyms in emergency medicine (EM, EMS, EMT, etc).
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