Your Digital Data File

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Within systems, many patients now log into portals where they “can look at X-rays, refill prescriptions, make appointments and email the doctor,” says Robert Wachter, author of “The Digital Doctor.” Patients at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, for example, can track their blood test results, cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Orthopedic patients at the University of Rochester Medical Center get iPads at check-in to answer questions about their pain, activity levels, sleep and mood. The data is transferred to their EHR, where it can be compared to their previous scores and to how other people are faring on the same treatment.

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