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.).

In a survey conducted by her office, Boxer wrote to 283 California hospitals asking them what steps they are taking to reduce medical errors, of which nearly 53 percent--149 hospitals--responded to the query, many of whom noted the benefits of EHRs at their facilities.

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