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Acad Med. 1997 Jul;72(7):607-12.

Recent implementations of electronic medical records in four family practice residency programs.

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  • 1University of Wisconsin Medical School, Eau Claire Family Practice Residency Program, USA.


Electronic medical records (EMRs) are increasingly replacing paper records, and many residency program directors are interested in incorporating EMR systems into their clinics. The authors describe their experiences implementing EMRs in their family practice residency programs; the four programs are the Eau Claire Family Practice Residency Program, the Galveston Family Practice Residency Program, the Mayo-Scottsdale Residency Program, and the Wyoming Valley Family Practice Residency. The authors provide background information about each program and an overview of the EMR systems; they then describe the implementation processes, addressing training, integration with other software- and paper-based systems, security, costs, and effects on patient volume and staffing levels. Finally, they discuss the general benefits of and barriers to EMR-system implementations, and make recommendations for other programs considering implementing EMRs.

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