BACKGROUND: Two years ago, the Diabetic Retinopathy (DRP) and Traumatology clinic of the Department of Ophthalmology and Optometrics at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria switched from paper-based to electronic health records. A customized electronic health record system (EHR-S) was implemented. OBJECTIVES: To assess the completeness of information documented electronically compared with manually during patient visits. METHODS: The Preferred Practice Pattern for Diabetic Retinopathy published by the American Academy of Ophthalmology was distilled into a list of medical features grouped into categories to be assessed and documented during the management of patients with DRP. The last seventy paper-based records and all electronic records generated since the switch were analyzed and graded for the presence of features on the list and the resulting scores compared. RESULTS: In all categories, clinical documentation was more complete in the EHR group. CONCLUSIONS: In our setting, the implementation of an EHR-S showed a statistically significant positive impact on documentation completeness.
Care records, Electronic health records and systems, Encounter notes, Ophthalmology, Testing and evaluation, Diabetic Retinopathy, Documentation, Electronic Health Records, Humans, Quality Control, Referral and Consultation, Telemedicine