The widespread adoption of electronic health records is a double-edged sword for the healthcare industry with the potential for both improving and harming patient safety.

Earlier this month, data from the 2013 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey of Physician Workflow revealed that physicians using EHRs that met the meaningful use criteria were significantly more likely to report safety improvements than physicians that were not using EHRs. In addition, three times as many physicians reported that their EHR prevented a potential medication error than caused one.

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