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Using the Electronic Health Record to Understand and Minimize Overuse

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The “overuse” of health care—the delivery of services that are either unnecessary or of low clinical value—accounts for substantial spending and may cause harm to patients. In a new Commonwealth Fund–supported study (Journal of the American Medical Association, Jan. 17, 2017), Juliet Rumball-Smith of RAND Health and coauthors argue that electronic health records can help identify and eliminate unnecessary care.

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