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Scribes can help transform health care by creating better clinical data

Physician typing on computer.

Insurers, drug companies and large HMOs are mounting an extensive effort to use medical data to decide which treatments are best, which doctors are best and which plans keep people the healthiest.”

That quote, seemingly ripped from today’s headlines, was published in the New York Times 25 years ago this month. I know because I was featured in the story, which began my (mostly) friendly jousts with regulators, administrators, and even some physicians fighting externally driven change — a group I refer to as the High Priests of Status Quo.

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