A look into the changing world of high-tech electronic medical record systems and how they integrate into a doctor's daily rounds.

It would be foolish to think that the healthcare industry could ever go back to paper medical records but that doesn’t mean many clinicians are happy with the electronic medical records systems they are using now. As the old adage goes, “if you’ve seen one EMR, you’ve seen one EMR.” But some EMRs are definitely better than others, and more often than not, some of the most innovative I’ve seen are not in America, but overseas.

Looking back, many EMRs grew out of electronic billing systems that were later adapted to capture clinical information. Even some of the best of today’s systems are nothing more than a digital representation of the paper chart model. As information communication technology has advanced, the EMR has frankly failed to catch up.

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