CommentaryElectronic Medical Records

What the Patient Should Order

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Science Translational Medicine  21 Oct 2009:
Vol. 1, Issue 3, pp. 3cm3
DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3000335

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Open global standards, workflow integration profiles, and related processes have been developed through consensus-based procedures. Although these standards and profiles should be augmented with additional therapeutic area–based content standards, they are available now to enable the use of electronic health records to directly support clinical research concurrent with patient care. Improving the exchange of information and integrating workflow between research and health care are inherently necessary to accelerate the pace of informing clinical decisions based on current research findings and for an efficient, cost-effective health care system to improve the quality of patient care.


  • Citation: R. D. Kush, What the patient should order. Sci. Transl. Med. 1, 3cm3 (2009).

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