Electronic medical records require a lot of interaction on the part of physicians and other providers to get all necessary information entered. There are drop down menus, boxes to check and other information to fill in.

With the well-documented complaints about impact on workflow, a number of workarounds have been mentioned for a long time. Foremost among the workarounds is the use of copy and paste functionality. Copy and paste can come in many forms, including taking the entire contents of one note and bringing it forward; using templates to fill in predetermined information based on a set of standards; or other similar uses. The premise is to make the use of the EMR easier and more user-friendly. However, like most actions within healthcare, there are risks.

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