Wouldn’t it be nice if the advent of EHRs made it more likely that information in medical records was accurate? Sadly, that’s hardly the case.
In fact, patient matching issues actually seem to make it more likely that the wrong patient data makes it into a chart. Add problems with busy physicians making the occasional cut-and-paste error, and you can have a real mess on your hands.
I was thinking about this today when I read the story of Morgan Gleason, a woman who went through a struggle to get documentation of two non-existent pregnancies out of her medical records. Gleason, who suffers from a rare autoimmune disease, is a pro at managing her health, but had to fight hard to correct these errors, according to a CNBC story.