As hospitals and doctors in Rhode Island make the switch from paper records to electronic health records systems - otherwise known as EHRS -- it is important for them to understand the impact that errors with these systems can have on patient care. The information recently gathered from a study may be of assistance to companies building these systems, as well as to hospitals and clinics implementing them.
When you undergo a surgical procedure, you are essentially putting your life in the hands of your surgeon, regardless of how minor the procedure may be. You trust the surgeon to pay attention to what they are doing and use good judgment.
When a patient visits his or her doctor, whether the patient is in Rhode Island or some other part of the country, a certain amount of trust is required. The patient must trust the doctor to know what type of drug, and how much of that drug, is safe enough to take. While doctors can make drug errors, every once in a while there is a doctor accused of flagrant disregard for the health and safety of his or her patients. Such is the case with a doctor in another part of the country.
In every field, new technologies and tools are constantly being developed to increase accuracy and efficiency. The medical field is no exception. As more hospitals and clinics adopt widespread use of electronic health records there are additional tools that may also greatly help reduce instances of medication errors.