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Patience, training, realistic approach are keys to EMR adoption

Much has changed in the past 50 years-the Dodgers left Brooklyn, Russia went from foe to friend, and Orlando transformed into a tourism capital. But something that physician practices deal with on a daily basis hasn't changed much-the vast majority of physicians still put pen to paper when tracking patients' healthcare. There has been a movement toward a 21st-century solution to patient records, but there are also horror stories that accompany that shift. Physicians hear about electronic medical record (EMR) systems crashing, confusing templates, and awkward and time-consuming patient visits.