Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Electronic Medical Record

My first day in Mercy's outpatient Endocrine Office, saved by no-shows which enabled me to struggle with their electronic medical record, a system called Nextgen.  Our financial institutions and travel systems have taken full advantage of computerization, though our medical systems have been laggards.  While I think there is much to be gained, the systems that I have encountered do not seem to be able to template a complex present illness such as diabetes particularly well.  One worthy project might be to compare dictated History of Present Illnesses with those templated.

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