Content importing technology enables duplication of large amounts of clinical text in electronic health record (EHR) progress notes. It can be difficult to find key sections such as Assessment and Plan in the resulting note. To quantify the extent of text length and duplication, we analyzed average ophthalmology note length and calculated novelty of each major note section (Subjective, Objective, Assessment, Plan, Other). We performed a retrospective chart review of consecutive note pairs and found that the average encounter note was 1182 ± 374 words long and less than a quarter of words changed between visits. The Plan note section had the highest percentage of change, and both the Assessment and Plan sections comprised a small fraction of the full note. Analysis of progress notes by section and unique content helps describe physician documentation activity and inform best practices and EHR design recommendations.
|Number of pages
|AMIA ... Annual Symposium proceedings. AMIA Symposium
|Published - Jan 1 2018
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- General Medicine