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Users Beware -- EHRs Helpful but Also Source of Errors

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Electronic health records (EHRs) may prove helpful to us as we attempt to detect medical errors in health care. However, the technology itself as well as its use may cause medical errors and threaten patient safety.  EHRs Help Identify Diagnostic Errors: One study attempted to detect diagnostic errors in routine primary care practice using an EHR-based method ( BMJ Qual Saf 2012; 21 [February]: 93-100). In this retrospective study of 212,165 primary care visit records, the aut more...
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