Should you trust what e-records tell you?

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GPs are repeatedly told that electronic medical records will fix the problems of faulty memories, illegible hospital handover notes and patients who aren’t faithful to one GP (but don’t tell you). But do you trust what your computer says?

Researchers from Perth read the electronic patient records of almost 1000 patients and then checked with the real-life patient if they were accurate.

The results focused on whether patients had received their flu vaccination or not. These searches found that, in 84% of cases, the electronic records and the patients’

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