Electronic medical records are touted as a great way to prevent medical errors, but researchers are reporting that this new technology may also be just what the doctor ordered for clinical trial recruitment.
A new study led by Peter Embi, MD, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Cincinnati (UC) and researcher at UCs Institute for the Study of Health, shows that by using the tools of an electronic medical record system in a new way, its possible to increase the number of patients who volunteer to participate in clinical studies and generate more referrals from the physician community.
The research, conducted in large part at the Cleveland Clinic, appears in the Oct. 24, 2005, edition of the Archives of Internal Medicine.
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