AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. March 2011, Volume 13, Number 3.

Ethics Poll

Off the Record

The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.

One of the criteria for "meaningful use" of electronic medical records (EMRs) requires that patients have clinical summaries and instructions and an electronic copy of, or electronic access to, their health records. What consequences do you think this will have for patients and physicians who use EMR? Check all that apply.
The use of EMR and the need for physicians to refer to and enter computer information during visits will dehumanize the patient-physician encounter.
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