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Evolution of the Health Record as a Communication Tool to Support Patient Safety


Kemp, TE and Butler-Henderson, K and Allen, P and Ayton, J, Evolution of the Health Record as a Communication Tool to Support Patient Safety, Handbook of Research on Records and Information Management Strategies for Enhanced Knowledge Coordination, IGI Global, CT Chisita, RT Enakrire, OO Durodolu, VW Tsabedze and JM Ngoaketsi (ed), Pennsylvania, United States, pp. 127-155. ISBN 9781799866183 (2021) [Research Book Chapter]

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This chapter provides a brief history of health records development through the ages, from ancient Mesopotamian clay tablets through to today’s electronic health record. An understanding of where we have come from informs future direction and enhances knowledge. While the content and method has evolved, the need to document health information has been consistent for over 4000 years. The central premise has always been to support quality health care through quality information. This chapter will explore the link between health records and patient safety.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:health system, medicine, health records
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health systems
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health system performance (incl. effectiveness of programs)
UTAS Author:Kemp, TE (Ms Trixie Kemp)
UTAS Author:Butler-Henderson, K (Associate Professor Kerryn Butler-Henderson)
UTAS Author:Allen, P (Dr Penny Allen)
UTAS Author:Ayton, J (Dr Jennifer Ayton)
ID Code:143795
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2021-04-02
Last Modified:2022-09-08

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