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BJPsych Bulletin
  • ISSN: 0955-6036
  • EISSN: 1472-1473
  • URL: /core/journals/bjpsych-bulletin
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Electronic care record

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Electronic "Care" Records

David R Davies, Consultant Psychiatrist
10 October 2005



Editor,

Dr Reed is sadly mistaken in his optimism about the ease with which electronic patient records (EPR) can replace paper records.

I was involved in work on EPR in the late 80s and early 90s with the European Commission, and despite our best efforts, we could not come up with anything which offered the ease of browsing and speed of data entry of a paper record. The "state of the art" system which operates in my Trust is no better; despite the use of filters, records are a nightmare to browse, and data entry takes considerably longer than with paper notes, even for "computer literate" practitioners such as I.

I would like to issue a challenge: Dr Reid brings me a set of paper notes on a detained patient with a, say, 5 year history of illness, aged between 25 and 30, and I will give him access to the EPR of a similar patient. We will then have a race to see who can produce an acceptable Tribunal report quicker!
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