27 Jun '13, 7pm

How Often are EHRs Placing Patients at Risk?

How Often are EHRs Placing Patients at Risk?

Part of the reason for the lack of safety-related information is that, unlike medical devices, reporting of problems with electronic health record systems to the US Federal Drug Administration is not mandatory. In addition, it is often difficult to identify whether an “EHR problem” is due to a simple human error, a design flaw that encourages human errors to occur, or some specific software or other type of system-related error. Further, even if there was a reliable means to identify and classify these issues, EHR vendors frequently include “hold harmless clauses” in their contracts that help them escape responsibility for errors or defects in their software, as well as nondisclosure or confidentiality clauses that can prevent EHR users from disclosing the problems they encountered with a vendor’s software.

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/riskfactor/computing/it/how-ofte...

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