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Transitional Chaos or Enduring Harm? The Electronic Health Record and the Disruption of Medicine

Editors’ note: The following is an excerpt of “Transitional Chaos or Enduring Harm? The EHR and the Disruption of Medicine” by Lisa Rosenbaum, M.D.

A decade ago, a primary care physician I admired seemed to come undone. His efficiency had derived not from rushing between patients but from knowing them so well that his charting was effortless and fast. But suddenly he became distracted, losing his grip on the details of his patients’ lives. He slumped around, shirt half-untucked, perpetually pulling a yellowed handkerchief from his pocket to wipe his perspiring forehead. Everyone worried he was sick. His problem, however, turned out to be the electronic health record (EHR).

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