The computer-based patient record and Robert Fulghum's 16 principles.

  • Michael G. Kahn
  • Published 1995 in M.D. computing : computers in medical practice


Robert Fulghum proposed 16 principles learned in kindergarten that he claimed should govern all human activities. How do these principles apply to current efforts to create a computer-based patient record? Fulghum's principles, when recast for the computer-based patient record, emphasize cooperation, privacy, security, and standardization--elements that are easily recognized as essential features of an electronic medical record. However, a number of less frequently discussed issues, such as data quality, integrity, abuse, and misuse can also be considered in terms of Fulghum's principles.


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@article{Kahn1995TheCP, title={The computer-based patient record and Robert Fulghum's 16 principles.}, author={Michael G. Kahn}, journal={M.D. computing : computers in medical practice}, year={1995}, volume={12 4}, pages={253-8} }