August Physician Focus: Electronic Medical Records 

The introduction of electronic medical records has been one of the most rapid and widespread advances of technology in medicine affecting physicians of all specialties. More than 90 percent of Massachusetts physicians now use some form of EMR. While they offer great promise in improving patient care, EMRs have also presented physicians with great challenges, affecting clinical efficiency, workflow, interaction with patients, and reporting requirements.  Patients as well have expressed concerns about physician attention during the office visit and patient privacy and confidentiality.

From left, Dr. Dale Magee, Dr. Glenn Tucker, Dr. Joseph Heyman

From left, Dr. Dale Magee, Dr. Glenn Tucker, Dr. Joseph Heyman

The August edition of Physician Focus examines the pros and cons of electronic medical records with two members of the medical society’s Committee on Information Technology (CIT).

Guests are Glenn Tucker, M.D., Chair of CIT and Chief of Internal Medicine and Chief Medical Information Officer at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, and Joseph Heyman, M.D., Chief Medical Information Officer of Wellport Health Information Exchange in Newburyport, CIT member, former president of MMS and former chairman of the Board of the American Medical Association. Hosting this edition is Dale Magee, M.D., a past president of MMS.

The physicians discuss a number of issues, including the transition from paper to digital, the advantages and disadvantages of digital records, how EMRs can affect workflow in a physician’s office, the differences among systems, and how EMRs can benefit patients.

Physician Focus is distributed to public access television stations throughout Massachusetts, reaching residents in more than 275 cities and towns. It is also available online at, and on YouTube.





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