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Paper fights back: over 50 neglected advantages of paper – BJHC

30 January, 2013 (18:13) | Casenotes, hand held records, Interoperability, IT fallacies, Paper Records | By: rupertfawdry

It may come as a surprise to learn that for over 20 years throughout Britain there has been only one whole group of people in receipt of healthcare that possesses a fully inter-operative and universally accessible record and with open access available to all those providing care: every expectant mother.

Mothers and children in many other countries, eg Zambia and Japan, have also had such hand-held records for even longer. The potential advantages of electronic records are:

  • more reliable collection, selection and distribution of data;
  • faster transmission of electronic version of traditional letters and reports;
  • potential for the reduction of medical errors through cross-checking, warnings and suggestions;
  • potential access anywhere, at any time, to individual patient data;
  • legible records;
  • better data-sharing with reduced duplication in the recording of data;
  • potentially electronically translatable into other languages;
  • better quality and quantity of collective data; and
  • potential for instant off-site backup.

In the light of this, in a world mesmerised by the undoubted advantages of electronic records, it is timely to review some of the values of traditional paper.

Many probable advantages have been identified. While some concern problems that may in time be overcome using digital technology, others seem so fundamental to the nature of electronic records that it is about time that each advantage of paper was more fully recognised and more openly discussed.

read the full article in British Journal of Healthcare Computing

via Paper fights back: over 50 neglected advantages of paper – BJHC.

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Comment from Helga Perry
Time February 1, 2013 at 20:12

Look at what Jeremy Hunt has been saying. Cloud cuckoo land http://www.dh.gov.uk/health/2013/02/paperless-nhs/

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