Although the implementation of electronic health records (EHR) promised to improve productivity, data capture, specificity, and efficiency, there remain a number of reasons for CDI specialists' concern in this new digital environment, according to a new position paper released by the ACDIS advisory board in this month's edition of CDI Journal. While CDI professionals play an important role in the implementation and education associated with EHRs, ACDIS warns against making CDI specialists the "wardens at the gate" of the new systems.
The paper also highlights areas where CDI professionals need to become more involved, such as educating physicians about common EHR documentation missteps, reviewing queries prior to submission, and examining records for trends illustrating "copy and paste" errors.
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