Electronic health record (EHR) systems aren't communicating robustly with one another, and large numbers of medical visits and interactions between patients and health care professionals are not being captured electronically.

If action isn't taken soon to address this situation, the problem could spin out of control.

That's the word from a study reported out by the American Medical Informatics Association. Entitled "Missing clinical and behavioral health data in a large EHR system," the study compared insurance claims to clinical EHRs for a group of patients in Massachusetts, and found huge gaps in the data.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.