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Paper-based record-keeping could affect patient safety, study finds

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If you're not keeping electronic medical records, you may be putting your patients at risk for adverse events, according to a study from Frost and Sullivan.

Paper-based processes, and outdated modes of communication like the use of pagers, can impact patient safety due to having a negative impact on operational efficiency and accurate and timely information transfer, according to the report.

Study authors suggest eschewing paper records for secure electronic systems that include mobile capabilities in real time. They also note that such updated methods of data collection, storage and sharing should include ease of deployment, user-friendly interfaces and comprehensive support systems for successful implementation.

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