AbstractBackground One goal in EMR development should be to facilitate a patient-centered clinical encounter. Methods Qualitative analysis and suggestions are offered for how the EMR can individualize patient care, in support of a patient-centered approach. Result Three promising target areas in efforts to develop a patient-centered EMR are: elicitation of the chief complaint, conduct of health screening activities, and evaluation of health literacy. Conclusion EMR design can facilitate a more patient-centered clinical encounter.
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