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AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2009 Nov 14;2009:158-62.

Persistent paper: the myth of "going paperless".

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  • 1Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology; Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, USA.

Abstract

How does paper usage change following the introduction of Computerized Physician Order Entry and the Electronic Medical Record (EMR/CPOE)? To answer that question we analyzed data collected from fourteen sites across the U.S. We found paper in widespread use in all institutions we studied. Analysis revealed psychological, ergonomic, technological, and regulatory reasons for the persistence of paper in an electronic environment. Paper has unique attributes allowing it to fill gaps in information timeliness, availability, and reliability in pursuit of improved patient care. Creative uses have led to "better paper."

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20351841
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PMCID:
PMC2815440
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