Thursday, 12 July 2007

Electronic medical records not always tied to better care

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In an age where almost all personal information is now somewhere in electronic form, one would think that the efficiency created by having instant, global access to this type of information would be revolutionary. Well, except for the medical industry.

According to a new study, it was concluded that a better level of medical care was not necessarily attached to the presence of medical records that were kept electronically.

Now, direct medical care should not be tied by record-keeping in a way, but the availability and timeliness of patient records most likely does make everything from patient care to surgical procedures better handled with a minimization of mistakes. Maybe not.

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