Computer-based patient records (CPRs) are becoming increasingly common in ambulatory settings. The advantages of computer-based patient records over paper records are multiple: they save space and time, help health care providers improve patient care, and provide clinical and managerial information quickly. Currently, however, this software is based on the medical model. The software for computer-based patient records was developed about 25 years ago in academic health care settings, but was never disseminated extensively into other types of ambulatory settings. Now, however, with the advent of more powerful personal computers (PCs), this innovation is commercially available for smaller ambulatory practices.
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