University of Missouri researchers are calling for the redesign of electronic health record documentation tools to better meet the needs of primary care physicians, specifically the clinic notes sections that recap a patient’s medical history.

“While EHRs have granted physicians access to more information than ever before, they also include lots of extraneous information that does not contribute to the care of the patient,” said Richelle Koopman, M.D., associate professor of family and community medicine at the MU School of Medicine and lead author of a study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

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