Electronic Medical Death

Implementation of the Electronic Medical Record in a hospital or office setting carries inherent risk.  Like all medical technology, there is danger as well as benefit to the patient.  Unfortunately, this aspect of EMR implementation has been woefully neglected.  Our approach has been to consider the EMR no more risky than the doctor’s pen it replaces.  This could not be farther from the truth.  I refer the interested reader to the following blog post as an introduction to this fact:

How Medical Tech Gave a Patient a Massive Overdose

This type of manzanita grows in the San Luis Obispo region of California

Next time, we’ll explore this aspect of EMR implementation further.

One thought on “Electronic Medical Death

  1. Medical errors are a travesty. Technology has reduced many of the human errors. Unfortunately is has introduced new errors many of which are hard to anticipate. Patients must be engaged in their healthcare and empowered to ask questions anytime they suspect something is not right. Thanks for sharing this article. Such an important topic.

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