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Letters Electronic health records

Get the interface right and EHRs can be implemented

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 15 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7357
  1. Steven Ford, retired general practitioner1
  1. 1Haydon Bridge, Northumberland NE47 6HJ, UK
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Electronic health records (EHRs) are essential. It’s been over 30 years since we first thought of implementing them: we got to the moon in less than 10. Why so slow? Haughom, perhaps unintentionally, gives the causes of failure.1

His managerial vocabulary and the assumptions and attitudes implicit in his text are revealing. I’d rather be a patient …

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