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In the current financial situation, where trusts receive finance based on payment by results, accurate record keeping is very important. Many trusts have lost funding despite having a good patient load because of an inability to produce appropriate data. Information on the performance of a trust is largely obtained from data produced by clinical coding, which in turn is mainly based on information provided on the Körner Medical Records (KMR) form. The KMR is a record reflecting the number of patients admitted and discharged, the clinical problems encountered, lengths of stay and other relevant information. Most KMRs are not timely or adequately filled in due to changing shifts …
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