This week in the BMJ: Paperless records are better than traditional system

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 28 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:483

This summary relating to the paper in the same issue by Julia Hippisley-Cox and colleagues (Theelectronic patient record in primary care–regression or progression? A cross sectional study, 28 June, pp 1439-43) contained several errors. Although we were correct to say that electronic medicalrecords are “more complete and understandable than paper records,” several supporting percentages were wrong. The study found that “almost 48% [not 90%, as we stated] of paperless records had at least one diagnosis, compared with 33% [not 32%] of paper based records.” Drug dose reporting was “significantly better [not far better] in the electronic records than in the paper records (87% versus 66% [not 33%]).” We have no excuse for these errors–the figures were all clearly stated in the paper itself.


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