This blog has noted in past posts the advent of electronic health records (EHRs) in hospitals across the country. For several years now, and pushed hard by a government initiative that promises financial incentives for facility compliance, EHR systems have been steadily put into place in most hospitals and clinics across the United States.
The loud fanfare that accompanied their arrival has for some time now been appreciably muted, with legions of critics now readily noting the problems that come with the systems and, for many hospital staff members, seemingly wipe out the gains realized from the new technology.
It is uncontroverted that medical malpractice acts and omissions have resulted from use with EHR systems. Doctors and nurses sometimes do not enter critically important data, especially patient updates. Medical teams in different locales do not communicate well via the EHR interface. Medication errors are made. Users frequently complain about the difficulty associated with using the systems and software that is unresponsive, frustrating and error-prone.