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Patient Safety and Health IT Experts Call for Improvements as Widespread EHR Adoption Reaches 10-year Milestone

WASHINGTON, DC — Marking the 10th anniversary of the landmark federal act that encouraged hospitals, clinics, and physician offices to adopt electronic health record systems (EHRs), MedStar Health experts in patient safety and health information technology are collaborating with the American Medical Association (AMA) to push for changes to address the known risks to patient safety and clinician burnout that stem from poor EHR usability. In their latest joint effort, MedStar and the AMA are making available for the first time videos from the clinician’s point of view that demonstrate the risks and challenges caused by poor EHR usability, which is…

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3 Policy Changes That Could Make Electronic Health Record Systems Safer and Easier to Use

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Improving electronic health record (EHR) systems, to eliminate challenges that can lead to patient harm and make EHRs more efficient and less time-consuming for clinicians, can be achieved with certain policy changes that allow for sharing of information among end users, researchers and developers, according to an opinion piece published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The article was written by Raj Ratwani, PhD, a leading EHR usability expert with MedStar’s National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare, and two collaborators, Michael Hodgkins, MD, of the American Medical Association, Chicago, and David W. Bates, MD,…

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MedStar Health Named 2018 Most Wired

Using Technology to Transform Health Care COLUMBIA, MD — MedStar Health is designated “Most Wired” according to results of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) HealthCare’s Most Wired survey results, released this month. The designation marks MedStar’s 14th appearance on the list. Based on an analysis of the Most Wired survey results, hospitals and health systems at the forefront of using healthcare Information Technology (IT) to improve the delivery of care are maximizing the benefits of foundational technologies and embracing new technologies that support population management and value-based care. The most successful organizations not only adopt technology, but apply…

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Additional Safety Measures Recommended After Study Finds EHR Usability Issues Pose Risk to Children

WASHINGTON, DC —Electronic health records (EHRs) may present a significant risk to the health and safety of children, according to a new study published today in the November issue of the health policy journal Health Affairs. Of 9,000 analyzed pediatric reports, more than one third described a medication error that was related to EHR usability. The findings emerged from the analysis of pediatric patient safety event reports that were likely to be related to EHRs and medication, gathered from three healthcare systems. The most common type of medication error associated with EHR usability was an over- or under dose. The…

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