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Digitized Doctoring

How can we make sure that the technology behind digital medical records actually does all the things that advocates believe is possible? Jacob Goldstein writes that we must pay attention to how they're designed.

How can we make sure that the technology behind digital medical records actually does all the things that advocates believe is possible? “Perhaps the most important strategy has to do not with how digital records are implemented, but with how they’re designed in the first place,” writes Jacob Goldstein, who says hospitals should customize the technology they use and phase new digital records systems in slowly.


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