Safety risks seen in computerized medical records

posted by
November 9, 2011
The Tennessean    
Posted in LAND News, News, PND News

"The nation’s transition to electronic medical records, now in full swing, risks overlooking potential patient safety problems, independent advisers warned the Obama administration in a report Tuesday. Computerized medical records have been sold as a powerful tool to improve patient safety, for example by automatically alerting a doctor about to prescribe medication a patient is allergic to. But the report by a panel from the influential Institute of Medicine said such benefits shouldn’t be taken for granted." (11/09/11)

  • Duh! The ONLY "medical record" should be one that the patient carries himself, carefully encrypted and in a form that allows only necessary information to be downloaded for doctors at the patient's discretion – or the next of kin/POA in an emergency.

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