With last week’s highly publicized Institute of Medicine report shining a light on electronic health records and the widespread problem of diagnostic errors, industry observers are hoping that Congress will reconsider funding a Health IT Safety Center that lawmakers have heretofore opposed.
The IOM report specifically called out EHRs for their contributing role in causing diagnostic errors, and provided health IT-related recommendations to improve the diagnosis process. While HIT has improved healthcare and patient safety, the technology “can also get ahead of our knowledge of how to use it,” argues Paul Epner, executive vice president of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine. “We still have to learn how to use all these tools,” according to Epner.
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