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Electronic health record

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For many doctors, electronic medical record systems are a soul-killing daily exercise in frustration. Can Google's speech recognition powers solve the problem and improve the patient experience?
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A new study finds less than 20 percent of physicians' electronic notes were made up meaningful text. The remainder — mostly auto-filled "junk" text — does nothing to help doctors understand what's going on with patients.
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Implementing electronic health records has been a goal of the U.S. government for years. Using information technology in health care has great potential but the whole process turned out to be very slow.

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How to cure an egg-white allergy, taxing tobacco in China, groundwater in the Inland Empire and more from our Daily Briefing.

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A year after the Fukushima nuclear crisis, restaurant health ratings and salmonella outbreaks, hospital infection news and more from our Daily Briefing.

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Health information technology is a complex and challenging topic to cover, and it's easy to get lost in the jargon. Veteran journalist Neil Versel offers background and story ideas for covering this issue in your community as health reform rolls out. 

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