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Possible Cancer Diagnosis Shows Downside of Shared Electronic Medical Records

PIK Professor Karen Glanz of Penn Nursing and the Perelman School of Medicine penned an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer about the downside of shared electronic medical records, particularly primary diagnoses that may be done in error.

While shared and electronic medical records have many benefits, they carry unacknowledged risks. One is that the primary diagnosis becomes a patient’s identity, even when that diagnosis is in error and anxiety-provoking for the patient and family.

When my father was first hospitalized, he was a relatively healthy 93-year-old who could get around on his own, was mentally lucid, and could even drive. But one day he went to the emergency room…

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