Recently I got a pointed reminder about the value of an electronic health record. My own physician—who was reviewing me for my annual physical—still uses a paper record. Electronic prescribing? Forget about it. But he’s a great diagnostician. That’s why both my wife and I have stuck with him for well over a decade. He’s kind of a rare bird internist who can tackle the most mundane clinical chores with gusto (not to be gross, but removing ear wax would not be my first choice of tasks). He’s our PCP, and while on occasion we have to go to the specialist, we relish our time spent with him.

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