Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

False infomation can enter diabetic patients electronic records due to reliance on copying and pasting, study suggests

Date:
May 24, 2011
Source:
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Summary:
As electronic medical records have become a standard in medical care, there is a need for additional research of how the system and usage can be refined. A group of researchers have now done just that, and discovered that one way false information can make its way into EMRs is due to users' reliance on copying and pasting material within the patient's record.

Electronic medical records (EMRs) have been in use for more than 30 years, but have only increased in utilization in recent years, due in part to research supporting the benefits of EMRs and federal legislation. As EMRs have become a standard in medical care, there is a need for additional research of how the system and usage can be refined. A group of researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital have done just that, and discovered that one way false information can make its way into EMRs is due to users' reliance on copying and pasting material within the patient's record. These findings are published in the May 23 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.

Related Articles


"Previous research has shown that copying and pasting fragments of notes is common in EMRs. However, it was not known whether the resulting information was accurate," said Alexander Turchin, MD, a physician in the Endocrine Division at BWH and a Senior Medical Informatician at Partners HealthCare. "Our study is the first to show in a systematic way that the copy-and-pasted material may not be accurate."

The researchers studied the EMRs of 5,914 diabetic adults being cared for by primary care physicians. They used specially designed software to track copied records of lifestyle counseling documentation in these patients' EMRs. By comparing average blood glucose levels between patients with and without copied EMR records, they found that copied lifestyle counseling documentation was not associated with improvements in glucose control, similar to having received no counseling at all.

"Our research has unveiled some potential negative ramifications of copying and pasting documentation in EMRs," said Dr. Turchin, who explains the next steps include educating health care providers about this issue, and investigating ways to prevent copying and pasting by providing a helpful alternative.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Brigham and Women's Hospital. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. A. Turchin, S. I. Goldberg, E. Breydo, M. Shubina, J. S. Einbinder. Copy/Paste Documentation of Lifestyle Counseling and Glycemic Control in Patients With Diabetes: True to Form? Archives of Internal Medicine, 2011; DOI: 10.1001/archinternmed.2011.219

Cite This Page:

Brigham and Women's Hospital. "False infomation can enter diabetic patients electronic records due to reliance on copying and pasting, study suggests." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 24 May 2011. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110524104650.htm>.
Brigham and Women's Hospital. (2011, May 24). False infomation can enter diabetic patients electronic records due to reliance on copying and pasting, study suggests. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 24, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110524104650.htm
Brigham and Women's Hospital. "False infomation can enter diabetic patients electronic records due to reliance on copying and pasting, study suggests." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110524104650.htm (accessed October 24, 2014).

Share This



More Health & Medicine News

Friday, October 24, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

WHO: Millions of Ebola Vaccine Doses by 2015

WHO: Millions of Ebola Vaccine Doses by 2015

AP (Oct. 24, 2014) The World Health Organization said on Friday that millions of doses of two experimental Ebola vaccines could be ready for use in 2015 and five more experimental vaccines would start being tested in March. (Oct. 24) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Doctor in NYC Quarantined With Ebola

Doctor in NYC Quarantined With Ebola

AP (Oct. 24, 2014) An emergency room doctor who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus. He's quarantined in a hospital. (Oct. 24) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Breakfast Debate: To Eat Or Not To Eat?

Breakfast Debate: To Eat Or Not To Eat?

Newsy (Oct. 23, 2014) Conflicting studies published in the same week re-ignited the debate over whether we should be eating breakfast. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Ebola Fears Keep Guinea Hospitals Empty

Ebola Fears Keep Guinea Hospitals Empty

AP (Oct. 23, 2014) Fears of Ebola are keeping doctors and patients alike away from hospitals in the West African nation of Guinea. (Oct. 23) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins