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We thank Susan Martin for her response to our editorial. Electronic health records bring many benefits for patients, health professionals and the NHS. Health information technology however also contributes to stress and burnout amongst health professionals. One aspect of electronic health records that many doctors do not like is the large number of electronic prompts and reminders that they generate. It is important for software system suppliers to work closely with health professionals and patients to minimise the number of reminders and increase their usefulness (to increase the “signal to noise” ratio of the electronic reminders). This has proved difficult to achieve but should be a priority for health systems if we are to maximise the value of electronic health records; and reduce levels of stress and workload for health professionals.
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