In the editing process, we inadvertently changed the meaning of the first sentence of the PITO article “Getting connected: Electronic delivery of lab, radiology, and hospital reports” (BCMJ 2010;52:179-180).
The original paragraph submitted by the author, Jeremy Smith, read: “Consistently cited as one of the greatest benefits of EMR adoption, electronically receiving lab results, imaging reports, and hospital reports directly into the EMR enhances care and increases office efficiency.”
As printed, the BCMJ article reads: “The ability to electronically receive lab results, imaging reports, and hospital reports directly is consistently cited as one of the greatest benefits of adopting an electronic medical record (EMR) system. EMR adoption enhances care and increases office efficiency.”
The original text suggested that electronically receiving results and reports enhances care and increases office efficiency; simply adopting an EMR will not.
It is well known that some aspects increase efficiency (e.g., results delivery interface) while others reduce efficiency. Mr Smith intended to state only that getting results delivered directly into the EMR increases efficiency and enhances care.
We apologize for the error. —ED
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