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The role of medical data in efficient patient care delivery: a review

Authors Adane K, Gizachew M, Kendie S

Received 5 July 2018

Accepted for publication 23 January 2019

Published 24 April 2019 Volume 2019:12 Pages 67—73

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/RMHP.S179259

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Review by Single-blind

Peer reviewers approved by Dr Colin Mak

Peer reviewer comments 4

Editor who approved publication: Dr Kent Rondeau


Kasaw Adane,1 Mucheye Gizachew,2 Semalegne Kendie3

1Unit of Quality Assurance and Laboratory Management, School of Biomedical and Laboratory Sciences, University of Gondar, Ethiopia; 2School of Biomedical and Laboratory Sciences, Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Gondar, Gondar, Ethiopia; 3School of Sociology and Social Work, Department of Social Work, University of Gondar, Gondar, Ethiopia

Background: Implementing accurate data management systems ensure safe and efficient transfer of confidential health care data. However, health care professionals overlooked their important tasks of medical data processing. Hence, using high-quality electronic health record (EHR) applications in health care is important to minimize medical errors. Therefore, this review tries to indicate the roles of EHR in advancing quality health care service provisions.
Methods: The keywords identified were EHR, EMR, medical data processing, medical data retention, medical data destruction, health care, and patient care, and a few related terms with different combinations. PubMed (National Library of Medicine), Google Scholar, and Google search engine were used to search for articles from those databases. Searching was done using boolean words “AND”, “OR”, and “NOT” using all [All fields] and [MeSH Terms] searching strategies.
Results: Articles were screened using the title, checked by their abstract, and the remaining related full-text materials were included or excluded by two individuals deciding its eligibility. Finally, 73 materials issued from 2013–2018 were used for qualitatively synthesizing and reconciling the idea to produce this review article.
Conclusion: Poor medical data processing systems are the key reasons for medical errors. Employing standardized data management systems reduce errors and associated sufferings. Therefore, using electronic tools in the health care institution ensures safe and efficient data management. Therefore, it is important to establish appropriate medical data management systems for efficient health care delivery.

Keywords: electronic medical data, health care data, medical data processing


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