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EHRs can be optimized to better coordinate care

Coordination of health care could be improved by optimizing EHRs to alert primary care providers and any other medical personnel involved when a patient is being evaluated for a specific procedure or receives a certain diagnosis, writes physician Fred Pelzman. Too often, primary care providers do not know their patients are about to undergo surgery until immediately before, when they are asked to complete complicated forms and sign off on the surgery, when the process would have been far more efficient if the provider had been in on the conversation from the beginning, Pelzman writes.

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