The Cost of Duplicate Medical Records and Overlays in Healthcare

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(Last Updated On: December 20, 2018)

When a patient arrives at a medical facility, they inherently believe that every possible precaution will be taken to protect them from unnecessary harm or injury. Unfortunately, what may seem like the most innocuous of errors, creating duplicate medical records and overlays jeopardizes patient safety when patients could be mistreated with missing or incorrect information in their medical records causing unintended injury or illness.

Duplicate medical records and overlays can also lead to reimbursement losses, reductions in medical data integrity, administrative inefficiencies, resource drains, liability concerns, and perhaps most significantly, compromised care delivery and threats to patient safety.

Adding fuel to the fire, the biggest threat to the creation of duplicates and overlays in healthcare is when a hospital adopts an electronic health record system (EHR) and these numbers threaten to grow exponentially as hospitals share more information through Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs) and Health Information Exchanges (HIEs).

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