Digital charts slower than pen and paper

Electronic hospital charts might look snazzy, but they are "significantly more time-consuming" than old-fashioned paper-based systems, Canadian researchers say.

An Ottawa Hospital study found doctors who completed their patient's record electronically took 40 minutes longer on average than those who used the time-honoured paper and pen.

Surveys confirmed doctors were unconvinced the electronic records had done anything to streamline their documentation processes.

"Physicians participating in the study were

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