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Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems offer the potential to dramatically improve the cost and quality of healthcare. However, despite their potential and market forces favoring their adoption, EHR software is fully used by only 4% of clinicians in the U.S. today, according to a recent study1 in the New England Journal of Medicine. This white paper identifies forces both driving and inhibiting EHR adoption. EHR systems' inflexibility and other limitations often prevent them from being used effectively by a broad range of physicians - without help from enabling technologies. Speech recognition is one such technology. It has proved effective at helping physicians create electronic health records.
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