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Can Electronic Clinical Documentation Help Prevent Diagnostic Errors?

Posted Apr 09 2010 3:27am

The New England Journal of Medicine  addressed the subject of  electronic clinical documentation helping to prevent diagnostic errors  in the current issue.  There is a great table that summarizes the types of clinical documentation and their associated goals and features.

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I'm struck by the sincerity of is commentary, especially:

  • the reference to how existing documentation practices have largely been dictated by billing and legal requirements
  • the plea for policy makers to adopt a more rational approach and
  • the request to have physicians, members of their support staff and patients engaged in re-engineering electronic documentation.
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