The Health IT Threat

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Of the Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations by the ECRI Institute, based on more than 300,000 event reports, health IT or EHRs are the number threat or concern.  The issues included:

  • data entry errors
  • missing data or delayed data delivery
  • inappropriate use of default values
  • copying and pasting older information into a new report
  • use of both paper and electronic systems for patient care
  • misattribution of one patient’s data to another patient

This is disheartening because wasn’t electronic medical records going to stop all the medical errors?  I believe that it actually does help but the issue has been the ever increasing amount of clicks being added to our work day.  These meaningless maneuvers to fulfill meaningless mandates (and quality indicators and billing justifications) cause us to rush or to get lazy or to become indifferent to what we do.   That is why the errors happen!! Once again, what started out as a great idea gets ruined by overregulation.

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