A "red-flag approach" to managing EHR safety

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

September 24, 2014

The transition from paper-based records and systems in healthcare to electronic health records (EHR) and integrated health IT systems has helped push healthcare out of the dark ages and into the 21st century. Although the common perception was that these advancements would improve care, new research shows that in many instances, the technology has actually created additional patient safety problems

In a research report released in May by The RAND Corporation, entitled “Promoting Patient Safety through Effective Health Information Technology Risk Management,” researchers from RAND Health, ECRI Institute, the University of Texas, and Baylor College of Medicine studied 11 hospitals and ambulatory practices to identify safety risks associated with health IT. The report, which was sponsored by the U.S. Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), drew six main conclusions about the current state of health IT safety risks.

This is an excerpt from an article in Patient Safety Monitor Journal.

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