The Electronic Infrastructure: When Information Systems Outpace the Hardware and Humanware They Run On

A fascinating article at the Huffington Post relates upsetting stories about the dangers of a too-rapid EMR implementation.

An excerpt:

Altogether, the [Huffington Post] Investigative Fund identified 237 reports of “adverse events” associated with health information technology reported to the FDA over the past two years. Most problems involved computerized medical ordering software or systems that supply the software with vital information, such as recommended doses of medicine or test results. Most of the adverse events recorded in FDA files were blamed on software malfunctions, user error or the system’s lack of user friendliness.


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