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The benefits and dangers of electronic specialty consultation in person-centered medicine

C. Robert Cloninger

Abstract


The Center for Innovation at the Mayo Clinic has carried out an informative study of electronic consultations (eConsults) of specialists by primary care physicians in their integrated healthcare network, as reported in two papers in this issue [1,2]. The Mayo Clinic provides an excellent setting to evaluate the benefits and dangers of eConsults, because of its dedication to patient-centered care and because its primary care providers and specialists share a common electronic medical record (EMR) within a system of salaried employees.


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Benefits, dangers, electronic speciality consultation, person-centered medicine

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5750/ijpcm.v2i3.267

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