Are EHRs 'full of lies'?

Electronic health records are taking a toll on the patient-physician relationship and are "full of lies," according to the author of an essay recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. According to Elizabeth Toll, M.D., the EHR has become the third player in the dynamic between the patient and the physician, and the patient has become second fiddle, with the computer garnering more attention. Physician blogger Westby Fisher stresses Toll's concern that EHRs are more prone to the inputting of mistakes than paper records, particularly when patient notes are cut and pasted electronically. "When audits happen to justify billing and inaccurate copied paragraphs are found to fill the doctors' note, how will hospital systems respond?" Fisher writes in a blog post about the essay. Post

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