Information technology must support the core functions of medical care. Diagnostic and therapeutic decisions, patient self-management support, and follow-up are all aided by effective computer systems. Electronic health record use, electronic prescribing, and data availability at the point of care are fast becoming the "standard of care" that all family physicians must strive to achieve.
www.ehealthinitiative.org/ehi-guides-e-prescribing.html eHealth Initiative e-Prescribers Guide. A definitive guide for physicians and other prescribers on electronic prescribing; discusses the values of e-pre-scribing as well as how to implement e-prescribing successfully. www.aafp.org/online/en/home/publications/journals/fpm.html Family Practice Management Journal. The journal of the AAFP devoted to educating family physicians about the implementation and management of a successful practice, with a section devoted to computerization.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patient_portal Wikipedia-Patient Portals.
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