Over the past decade, federal spending of $36 billion to stimulate health providers’ conversion of patient medical records from piles of paper to electronic format was supposed to make care safer and lives easier. It would illuminate epidemiological trends that could stop spread of disease or point to a preventable culprit.
It might even make diagnosis of patient symptoms faster and more accurate. And patients would have easier access to their medical records.
To make sure it did all that, stakeholders were supposed to build a national databank and safety center that would track near misses, injuries and deaths caused by glitches in the system — for example medication or patient record errors — many of which have driven doctors and health systems nearly crazy over the years.
The ECRI Institute every so often comes out with top 10 lists, and on Monday it issued its latest, focusing on devices that cause harm.
Its Top 10 Health Technology Hazards is produced annually.
Here is a verbatim list: Continue reading
There’s a lot of talk these days about European-style universal health care and what U.S. adoption of something similar would look like. But what happens when European countries implement U.S.-style health information technology?
That’s what Arthur Allen, a health care editor at Politico, uncovers in a two-part series that took him to Denmark and the United Kingdom. Allen was one of four veteran journalists selected for the inaugural 2019 AHCJ International Health Study Fellowship, which provided funding and support for the series. Continue reading
While technology alone cannot solve the opioid epidemic, it can play an important role in reducing overprescribing and co-prescribing opioids with other drugs that can raise the risk of overdose. A new report has offered recommendations on improving technologies in clinical settings for safer prescribing practices.
The ECRI Institute, a respected patient safety research nonprofit, and the HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association, an electronic health records (EHR) trade group, convened a workgroup to analyze health IT data from patient safety organizations and other sources. Continue reading
After a five-month hiatus as Health IT topic leader for AHCJ, I’m happy to be back.
My absence was bookended by two must-read articles on the promise, limitations and hidden dangers of electronic health records (EHRs). Continue reading