About 160 clerical associates will lose their jobs by the end of this year at Johns Hopkins Hospital as it transitions to an electronic medical support system, including patient records and order entry.

A spokesman said the medical system is trying to find new positions for affected employees in areas where jobs are being created, including in the new clinical building. Seventeen employees have found spots so far.

Hopkins also began offering paid training opportunities for clerical associates last December.

"We fully understand the uncertainty and apprehension these necessary changes bring and are dedicated to doing our utmost to minimize the disruptions to our employees throughout this period," Gary Stephenson, a spokesman, said in a statement.

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