Alone on an electronic island

Mercer, Jay
June 2004
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;6/22/2004 Supplement, Vol. 170, p86
Academic Journal
The author reflects on the reasons behind the accumulation of a large volume of paper even when physicians are using an electronic medical record (EMR). He explains that physicians with EMRs do not have the ability to talk to all the community pharmacies electronically and that laboratory investigation forms and consult requests for specialists must still be done on hand. He asserts that data standards, secure pipes and digital identities are some of the reasons why EMRs are not widely implemented.


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