Prehospital and Disaster Medicine

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Letter to the Editor

Electronic Health Records Critical in the Aftermath of Disasters

Mahshid Abira1 c1, Farzad Mostasharia2, Parmeeth Atwala2 and Nicole Luriea3

a1 Department of Emergency Medicine, George Washington University, Washington, DC USA and Rand Corporation, Arlington, Virginia USA

a2 Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC USA

a3 Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC USA

(Received July 15 2012)

(Accepted July 21 2012)

(Revised August 12 2012)

(Online publication September 25 2012)


  • disaster;
  • electronic health record;
  • electronic medical record;
  • emergency;
  • preparedness


c1 Correspondence: Mahshid Abir, MD, MSc Department of Emergency Medicine George Washington University 2150 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Suite 2B-417 Washington, DC 20037 USA E-mail