Oct 04, 2017

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Recommendations for the Safe Use of Copy and Paste

Recommendations for the Safe Use of Copy and Paste

Recommendations for the Safe Use of Copy and Paste

Article published in AHDIONLINE MAY/JUNE 2017 Magazine

(Volume 13, Issue 3)

 

Lorraine Possanza, DpM, JD, MBe
and Maura Crossen-Luba, B.S., MpH, CpH

Copying and pasting information is a familiar, time saving computer function. However, errors in copy and paste can occur quickly and may not be readily recognizable. When a copy and paste error occurs in the context of patient care, the consequences can be devastating—patients may need to undergo additional or repeated procedures or may receive the wrong medications or treatments. The risks associated with using copy and paste in health care include the following (Partnership):

  • An overabundance of information (i.e., “note bloat”), which makes relevant information unclear or hidden
  • Propagation of internal inconsistencies and errors
  • Delay in diagnoses
  • Inaccuracy in billing
  • Documentation in the wrong patient chart

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