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Doctors Encouraged To Eliminate Slang

HEALTHCARE PRIVACY—NEW ZEALAND

February 18, 2011

New Zealand Privacy Commissioner Marie Shroff says doctors' "slang" notes on patient records should be eliminated as patient records move to electronic databases, Stuff.co.nz reports. As information becomes more widely shared and available, certain acronyms should not be used, Shroff notes, adding, "I think people need to keep the humour in their lives...but respect for patients is a really important part of the practice. I'm sure doctors want their patients to trust them."
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