When healthcare technology, or medical IT, is used correctly it has the potential to save lives. It can prevent some mistakes that go unnoticed by handwritten medical records. However, healthcare technology is not a guarantee and, last month, The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology announced a finalized plan to help prevent healthcare technology medical errors and fatalities. Some of the concerns are about electronic health records (EHRs) and whether incomplete or inaccurate information in EHRs could lead to patient misdiagnoses, incorrect treatments, or even death.
New Plan to Figure Out How Big of a Problem IT Related Deaths Injuries Are and How to Avoid Future Fatalities
The plan will have physicians, hospitals and others report deaths, adverse events, and near misses to federally designated Patient Safety Organizations using common reporting formats. The goals of the program are reportedly to:
- Allow for the information to be pulled together for proper analysis.
- Understand how frequently common problems occur.
- To come up with ideas on how to prevent common problems caused by information technology.
By identifying the problem and focusing on possible solutions, it is hoped that future patients’ lives can be saved and that serious injuries may be avoided.
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