Researchers from Children's Hospital Report New Studies and Findings in the Area of Electronic Medical Records (Using a scripted data entry process to transfer legacy immunization data while transitioning between electronic medical record ...)
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health & Medicine Week -- Researchers detail new data in Electronic Medical Records. According to news reporting out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by NewsRx editors, research stated, "Transitioning between Electronic Medical Records (EMR) can result in patient data being stranded in legacy systems with subsequent failure to provide appropriate patient care. Manual chart abstraction is labor intensive, error-prone, and difficult to institute for immunizations on a systems level in a timely fashion."
Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Children's Hospital, "We sought to transfer immunization data from two of our health system's soon to be replaced EMRs to the future EMR using a single process instead of separate interfaces for each facility. We used scripted data entry, a process where a computer automates manual data entry, to insert data into the future EMR. Using the Center for Disease Control's CVX immunization codes we developed a bridge between immunization identifiers within our system's EMRs. We performed a two-step process evaluation of the data transfer using automated data comparison and manual chart review. We completed the data migration from two facilities in 16.8 hours with no data loss or corruption. We successfully populated the future EMR with 99.16% of our legacy immunization data -500,906 records -just prior to our EMR transition date. A subset of immunizations, first recognized during clinical care, had not originally been extracted from the legacy systems. Once identified, this data -1,695 records -was migrated using the same process with minimal additional effort. Scripted data entry for immunizations is more accurate than published estimates for manual data entry and we completed our data transfer in 1.2% of the total time we predicted for manual data entry. Performing this process before EMR conversion helped identify obstacles to data migration."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Drawing upon this work, we will reuse this process for other healthcare facilities in our health system as they transition to the future EMR."
For more information on this research see: Using a scripted data entry process to transfer legacy immunization data while transitioning between electronic medical record systems. Applied Clinical Informatics, 2014;5(1):284-98 (see also Electronic Medical Records).
Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting J. Michel, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Pediatrics , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Additional authors for this research include A. Hsiao and A. Fenick.
Keywords for this news article include: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, Records as Topic, Information Technology, North and Central America, Electronic Medical Records, Information and Data Migration.
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