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Study Finds EHRs Failing to Reduce Human Error

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USA Today writes of a study published in JAMA Open Network that found electronic health records (EHRs) may be failing to do their job to reduce human error. Researchers at University of Utah Health, Harvard University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital discovered EHRs didn’t detect up to 33% of medical errors in study simulations, according to the report.

Scientists presented more than 8,600 simulated scenarios to different EHR systems in more than 2,300 hospitals across the country from 2009 to 2018. The study used the Leapfrog CPOE test, an assessment of how a health system has designed and configured its inpatient computerized provider order entry functionality to evaluate scenario outcomes. 

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