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Sunday, August 08, 2004

Patient charts move toward digital age

Patient charts move toward digital age: "Once he was diagnosed with diabetes in October, John Pomponio relied on the latest in medical tests and the most advanced prescription drugs to bring his disease under control.
It was a different story, though, when it came to the medical records that tracked how the 45-year-old Yonkers man responded to treatment.
That was strictly low-tech.
'In most places, the records are done the same way it's been done for 100 years: pen and ink,' said Pomponio's physician, Dr. John E. Jacoby. 'Only the handwriting is worse.'
While information technology has become a pillar of the economy, dramatically improving productivity, patient records are stuck in an information-age backwater. As a result, medical charts get misplaced, lab results are lost and, yes, doctors' handwritten notes cannot be deciphered. "


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