The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is offering new guidance on identifying unsafe conditions with electronic health records.
When front line clinicians confront a clinical mishap or unsafe condition in EHR-enabled health care settings (such as a medication error or a missed diagnosis) they may not connect the clinical event with how EHR use could have helped prevent it, how misuse or failure to use EHR functionality as intended contributed to the problem, or how weaknesses in EHR configuration, interfaces, or usability contributed, according to a new ONC blog posting.
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