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Continued: Patients' electronic records lead to more sharing, fewer hospital tests

  • Article by: JEREMY OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 18, 2014 - 11:17 PM

“In the middle of the night, medical record places are pretty thinly staffed,” he said. “Five years ago, you were calling, hoping somebody would pick up the phone, and then they’d send you 30 pages of faxes.”

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