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Digital records spot side effects

The Wall Street Journal, October 15, 2010

Computerized patient records could be used to improve lax reporting of serious drug side effects, the results of a small study suggest.

Nurse Stephanie Louw retrieves paper records last year in Utah.

The study, at Massachusetts General and Brigham & Women's hospitals in Boston and sponsored by Pfizer Inc., showed a large increase in reporting of adverse events to the Food and Drug Administration once doctors used an automated tool.

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