3 Ways to Improve Patient Safety With Health IT

Experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and Baylor College of Medicine have proposed a framework for use of electronic health records in relation to patient safety.


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Although EHRs have been introduced to improve cost, safety and efficiency in healthcare, the technology also poses new hazards to patient safety. Researchers formulated a three-pronged framework to help mitigate the risks stemming from health IT:

•    Ensure the EHR technology itself is safe
•    Ensure the application and use of the EHR technology is safe
•    Ensure the technology is used to monitor and improve patient safety

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