Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Electronic Medical Records Gaining Popularity Among Physicians

May 14, 2006
Ten years ago, Douglass A. Morrison, MD, was none too enthusiastic about the electronic medical record (EMR) being developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs for use throughout its health system.

"I thought we would spend a lot of time sitting in front of a computer screen, and it would take us away from patients," said Dr. Morrison, who directs the cardiac catheterization laboratory at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System in Tucson, and is a professor of medicine at the University of Arizona.
"Today I think the electronic medical record enables us to take better care of patients -- and to do it more consistently."

Morrison�s comments came at a special symposium on the electronic medical record being held at the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) 29th Annual Scientific Sessions in Chicago.

Not all skeptics have become fans.


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