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Work-Arounds Slow Electronic Health Record Use

Gardner, Lea Anne PhD, RN; Sparnon, Erin M. MEng

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: April 2014 - Volume 114 - Issue 4 - p 64–67
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000445695.80369.a8
Safety Monitor

The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System is a confidential, statewide Internet reporting system to which all Pennsylvania hospitals, outpatient-surgery facilities, and birthing centers, as well as some abortion facilities, must file information on medical errors.

Safety Monitor is a column from Pennsylvania's Patient Safety Authority, the authority that informs nurses on issues that can affect patient safety and presents strategies they can easily integrate into practice. For more information on the authority, visit For the original article discussed in this column or for other articles on patient safety, click on “Patient Safety Advisories” and then “Advisory Library” in the left-hand navigation menu.

An examination of the challenges involved in transitioning from paper-based to electronic medical records.

Lea Anne Gardner and Erin M. Sparnon are senior patient safety analysts at the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority in Plymouth Meeting, PA. This article is adapted from “Spotlight on Electronic Health Record Errors: Paper or Electronic Hybrid Workflows,” which appeared in a publication of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority: Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory 2013;10(2):55-8. Contact author: Lea Anne Gardner, The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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