California Hospitals Use EHR Systems to Reduce Medical Errors

Acute care hospitals in California are combating some of the most common and harmful medical errors by leveraging the power of electronic health records, according to a new staff report released by U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.).

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Fantastic to see how California is leveraging the power of EHRs to reduce medical errors. One head scratcher from the article though is their continued use of barcoded wristbands for patient ID. It is a bit counter intuitive to seek reductions in medical errors and then in the same sentence mention the continued use of barcodes to identify patients. Barcodes are known to be susecptible to swapping and sharing which can jeopardize patient safety at put a hospital at risk. Instead of relying on identifying patients by what they have (barcode wristband), doesn't it make more sense to modernize their patient identification protocols and move to identifying patients by who they are, using biometrics for example? Certainly an optimal time for these hospitals to at least evaluate the use of biometrics for patient ID - many other hospitals around the country have done so and see the benefits of moving away from barcodes.

Great article - thanks Greg!
Posted by John T | Wednesday, April 30 2014 at 8:32AM ET
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