Study finds medical electronic records contain more mistakes than paper

Submitted by: Greg Selfe 27/07/2016

From the U.S. to the U.K., governments are pushing for hospitals to shift to electronic records, but one report has found more inaccuracies in the digital form than paper records. 

The study reviewed about 500 notes made about patients admitted to Michigan-based Beaumont Hospital between August 2011 and July 2013, Healthcare IT News reported July 8. The rate of incorrect documentation in electronic records was 24.4% compared with 4.4% for paper, according to the report in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Digital records are also having a tough time across the pond, as the U.K. may need to rethink its goal of paperless health care by 2020. A recent survey found that 46% of CIOs and directors of National Health Service trusts and organizations worry they won’t meet the deadline, IT ProPortal reported June 30.


Source: Healthcare IT News / IT ProPortal, 2016