By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- New research on Anesthesia is the subject of a report. According to news reporting originating from Seoul, South Korea, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "The purpose of this study is to evaluate the completeness of anesthesia recording before and after the introduction of an electronic anesthesia record. The study was conducted in a Korean teaching hospital where the EMR was implemented in October 2008."
Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from the Catholic University of Korea, "One hundred paper anesthesia records from July to September 2008 and 150 electronic anesthesia records during the same period in 2009 were randomly sampled. Thirty-four essential items were selected out of all the anesthesia items and grouped into automatically transferred items and manual entry items. 1, .5 and 0 points were given for each item of complete entry, incomplete entry and no entry respectively. The completeness of documentation was defined as the sum of the scores. The influencing factors on the completeness of documentation were evaluated in total and by the groups. The average completeness score of the electronic anesthesia records was 3.15% higher than that of the paper records. A multiple regression model showed the type of the anesthesia record was a significant factor on the completeness of anesthesia records in all items (beta=.98, p<.05) and automatically transferred items (beta=.56, p<.01). The type of the anesthesia records had no influence on the completeness in manual entry items. The completeness of an anesthesia record was improved after the implementation of the electronic anesthesia record."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "The reuse of the data from the EMR was the main contributor to the improved completeness."
For more information on this research see: The effects of an electronic medical record on the completeness of documentation in the anesthesia record. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 2013;82(8):702-707. International Journal of Medical Informatics can be contacted at: Elsevier Ireland Ltd, Elsevier House, Brookvale Plaza, East Park Shannon, Co, Clare, 00000, Ireland. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; International Journal of Medical Informatics - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/506040)
The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting J. Jang, Catholic University of Korea, Coll Med, Seoul 137701, South Korea. Additional authors for this research include S.H. Yu, C.B. Kim, Y. Moon and S. Kim.
Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Seoul, Anesthesia, South Korea, Pain Medicine, Records as Topic, Electronic Medical Records
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