Persistent paper: the myth of "going paperless".

Richard H. Dykstra, Joan S. Ash, Emily Campbell, Dean F. Sittig, Ken Guappone, James Carpenter, Joshua Richardson, Adam Wright, Carmit McMullen

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How does paper usage change following the introduction of Computerized Physician Order Entry and the Electronic Medical Record (EMR/CPOE)? To answer that question we analyzed data collected from fourteen sites across the U.S. We found paper in widespread use in all institutions we studied. Analysis revealed psychological, ergonomic, technological, and regulatory reasons for the persistence of paper in an electronic environment. Paper has unique attributes allowing it to fill gaps in information timeliness, availability, and reliability in pursuit of improved patient care. Creative uses have led to "better paper."

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)158-162
Number of pages5
JournalAMIA ... Annual Symposium proceedings / AMIA Symposium. AMIA Symposium
StatePublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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