One must weigh the value of the data against the cost of entering it. The California HealthCare Foundation has published <a href="http://www.chcf.org/publications/2010/03/chart-abstraction-ehr-deployment-techniques">some good advice </a>regarding questions to ask and things to consider in developing the strategy for entering data from the paper records.
The Rhode Island Quality Institute <a href="http://docehrtalk.org/messageboard/2010/05/08/migration-strategies-getting-your-information-your-new-emr">message board </a>has some good comments by practicing physicians as well.
Scanning and indexing records is an expensive, laborious process. Except for the index, the scanned data is unstructured and meaningful only to the human being reading it. Only high value documents should be scanned.
Last Wiki Answer Submitted: July 27, 2010 3:55 pm by Cio67385 pts.
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