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Study Finds Wide Variation in Safety Performance of EHR Systems in Hospitals

A new study published in JAMA Network Open found that despite broad adoption and optimization of electronic health record (EHR) systems in hospitals, wide variation in the safety performance of operational EHR systems remains across a large sample of hospitals and EHR vendors, and serious safety vulnerabilities persist in these operational EHRs.

Researchers sought to measure the safety performance of operational EHRs in hospitals across the country during a 10-year period, using the National Quality Forum Health IT Safety Measure EHR computerized physician order entry safety test administered by the Leapfrog Group between 2009 and 2018 for all US adult hospitals nationwide. Data were analyzed from July 1, 2018 to December 1, 2019.

Overall, the study concluded, substantial safety risk persists in current hospital EHR systems.

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