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HHS panel considers EHR risks as reports detail injuries, deaths

Editor’s note: The following article points up several issues with HIT, however it does not compare to the number of issues that are caused or created by paper records and reduction that is enable by connected HIEs.

By Mary Mosquera
Sunday, February 28, 2010

While electronic health records are considered key to improving the quality of healthcare they can also be a risk to patient safety, and government and industry officials are calling for better use practices and possible closer oversight of EHRs by regulatory agencies.

The Food & Drug Administration has received 260 reports of health IT-related malfunctions with the potential for patient harm in the past two years, including 44 reported injuries and six reported deaths, said Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, director of FDA’s Center of Devices and Radiological Health.

http://www.govhealthit.com/newsitem.aspx?nid=73210

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March 2, 2010 - Posted by | Electronic health records, healthcare | ,

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