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Electronic medical records hurt medicine

Electronic medical records hurt medicine

The practice of medicine today is hobbled by some of the very technology that is supposed to improve it. The main culprit is the interference of the computer in the patient-physician relationship. Electronic medical records (EMR), required by all health care payers, were introduced with the promise of lowering costs, and increasing efficiency and revenue through more accurate documentation techniques. Several years in, the implementation of EMR has overwhelmed many sectors of the medical profession, to the point of widespread burnout among solo practice primary care physicians, who often either quit altogether or give up their practices and submit to corporate regulation and oversight...

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