Electronic medical record.

“Legal Implications of Electronic vs. Paper Charts”

Paper vs Electronic Records: Are digital records better than paper records?

Advantages of electronic records

  • Easier to read
  • Subspecialty notes are grouped together
  • Improved confidentiality
  • Electronic prompts help assure that medications and cares are timely
  • Can be accessed from more than one location
  • Entire record is available all the time

Disadvantages of electronic records

  • Not as much detail recorded
  • When there is nothing new, there is nothing recorded
  • Entries can look repetitive
  • Digital entries do not trigger memory of events as well as personal handwriting
  • Not all modules are reviewed by all staff

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