All User Bulletin - Copy-Paste Dangers

All-user-bulletins highlight stumbling blocks that all prescribers need to be aware of when using the Connect Care clinical information system.

Inter-System Copy-Paste Dangers

Copy-paste of clinical content from one health information system (e.g., Netcare) to another (e.g., Connect Care) is not appropriate and should not be done. There are a number of dangers, including:
  • Copy-paste between discrete health information systems is subject to legislated requirements of the Alberta Health Information Act.
  • Copied text may have encoding dependencies that differ between systems, causing pasted material to change appearance in ways that could change its meaning.
  • What can be copied is but part of the source health information data, missing properties essential to confirming the right patient and encounter.
There are alternative workflows that protect against these and other dangers: