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Patient-Reported Symptoms May Be Left Out of EMRs: By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH, and William...

Patient-Reported Symptoms May Be Left Out of EMRs: By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH, and William E. Chavey, MD, MS

"Patient-reported symptoms may fail to make it into a practice's electronic medical record (EMR), according to a study in JAMA … NEJM Journal Watch."

It is challenging to capture all the complexity of the real clinical world in an electronic record. An EMR is a tool for clinicians to care for their oatients not a rigid compliance mechanism for foolhardy narrow "quality improvenents", billing, or management-led performance monitoring. Designers of EMRs need to include clinical stuff at everybstage of the design. Better still get clinicians to design them.
Source: http://www.jwatch.org/fw112490/2017/01/27/patient-reported-symptoms-may-be-left-out-emrs