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AHIMA Warns About Use of EHR Copy and Paste Practices

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  • March 26 2014, 7:43am EDT

The American Health Information Management Association has issued a position statement warning industry stakeholders about the risky practice of copy and pasting within an electronic health record.

"Use of the copy and paste functionality in EHRs can result in redundant, erroneous, and/or incomprehensible health record documentation," states the document. "Misuse of this functionality has the potential to result in or contribute to several overarching challenges, with implications for the quality and safety of patient care, medical-legal integrity of the health record, and fraud and abuse allegations."

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