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Appl Clin Inform. 2012 May 2;3(2):175-85. doi: 10.4338/ACI-2012-02-CR-0003. Print 2012.

Rapid implementation of inpatient electronic physician documentation at an academic hospital.


Electronic physician documentation is an essential element of a complete electronic medical record (EMR). At Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, a teaching hospital affiliated with Stanford University, we implemented an inpatient electronic documentation system for physicians over a 12-month period. Using an EMR-based free-text editor coupled with automated import of system data elements, we were able to achieve voluntary, widespread adoption of the electronic documentation process. When given the choice between electronic versus dictated report creation, the vast majority of users preferred the electronic method. In addition to increasing the legibility and accessibility of clinical notes, we also decreased the volume of dictated notes and scanning of handwritten notes, which provides the opportunity for cost savings to the institution.


Electronic health records; documentation; information storage and retrieval; physician’s practice patterns; software design; time factors; user-computer interface

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