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The DRIP effect

27 June, 2013 (10:03) | CCIO, Codes, Data quality, EPR, Initiatives, Patient-Centered Care, primary data, secondary data, SNOMED, workload | By: Helga Perry

DRIP = Data Rich, Information Poor. We’ve long argued that too much effort is wasted on poor quality data for admin purposes, and so much good money has been thrown after bad over the years. The recent CCIO Round Table report from the Royal College of Surgeons and E-Health Insider makes interesting reading.  It recognises the need in the acute setting to put clinical patient care before purely audit and management requirements:

The electronic patient record offers an opportunity to turn data into information, but systems need to be designed primarily to capture clinical information.

 It also discusses record keeping standards and clinical coding, which have all too often been of variable quality. However, we would caution against over-reliance on coding per se, and stress the importance of recording the correct things accurately in the first place. It’s no good putting the right code on the wrong thing.

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