The Health IT Threat


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.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  1 comment for “The Health IT Threat

  1. oster501
    April 30, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    I have been truly ‘practicing’ medicine for over 30 years. The advent of EHR’s is just another hurdle to overcome. I agree that the obscene number of ‘clicks’, mandated by some ‘wizard’ (probably from Harvard-is that wrong to write that?) who has practiced REAL medicine for, oh a year or maybe never, is becoming burdensome. But think of all the data it is generating! Think of all the articles and even long tendentious books that can be churned out. Think of all the data that is generated that produces real worthwhile change (whoops, expecting a bit too much on that one).
    Just thinkin’

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