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EHRs Vulnerable to Human Error, Design Flaws, Technology Glitches

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Issues related to electronic health record (EHR) systems may put patients’ safety at risk. Human error, design flaws, and technology glitches are all potential problems with any EHR system. CRICO, the patient safety and medical malpractice insurer for the Harvard Medical Community, documents EHR-related problems that have contributed to patient harm. A few examples they list include (1) erroneously prescribing the long-acting version of a short-acting drug when making an computeriz more...
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