Use of electronic records as the professional record

Bernard Kat reports on behalf of the Professional Affairs board.
RECORDS are an important element of professional practice, whether they are written or typed on paper, audio-taped, video-taped, photographed or recorded through computerized systems. Electronic professional records have been coming into use for some years. Computer-based systems, which combine or co-ordinate existing records held on different media, are likely to emerge as a result of further development. These products of technological progress offer significant benefits to psychologists, their clients and organizations providing psychological services. Electronic systems make it easier to store, integrate, search and retrieve information. The information can also be copied or transmitted cheaply and easily to other people. Ultimately, electronic records may provide the basis for radical new developments in clinical practice.

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