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Variation of EHR error rates

Texas residents who are concerned about the accuracy of their health records may be interested to know that the results of a recent study indicated that the error rates for EHR vary significantly among different systems. The results of the study, which were released in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, also indicate that the providers in the different health IT systems take varying amounts of time to complete EHR tasks.

The high degree of variability among tasks, healthcare systems and EHR vendors indicates that implementation practices have to be enhanced and the standardization across the systems should be improved. This is very critical as the safety of the product and the patients depends on these factors.

When there is a rollout of an EHR, its completion can take at least several months and up to a year and a half. This results in the reduced usability of the technology by the clinical user. Physician burnout can be the result of the issues with usability in medication or diagnostics areas. The usability problems also impact the quality of treatment.

For the study, errors were identified in the labs, imaging and medication sectors. According to the study author, the contributors to the errors are the design, development and implementation of the system.

Providers make multiple decisions during the implementation phase regarding the way their health IT system should be created. However, because they may lack the knowledge and time to make sound decisions, they can end up with a system that has potentially unsafe defects and that may not address their workflow needs.

A medical malpractice attorney may work to obtain financial compensation on behalf of clients who sustained injuries due to medication errors. The attorney may examine the factors surrounding a client's case and file lawsuits against the negligent medical personnel.

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