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EHR usability issues linked to patient harm events

March 28, 2018

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Electronic health record usability issues are linked with potentially serious patient harm events, according to a new analysis conducted by MedStar Health.

The study, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, looks at some of the patient safety challenges of EHRs and potential ways to make improvements when it comes to their use.

Raj Ratwani, director of MedStar Health’s National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare, and his colleagues analyzed patient safety reports from 2013 to 2016 from 571 medical facilities in Pennsylvania and from a large, mid-Atlantic multihospital academic health system.

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