While over half of all physicians and approximately 80 percent of hospitals have started keeping electronic medical records, it’s important to note that these systems aren’t exactly foolproof.
The infographic below takes a look at six areas where examples of good and bad Health IT exist. These areas include:
- Finding patients
- Evaluating test results
- Entering case information
- Ordering prescriptions
- Dealing with dosing
- Discharging patients
As time passes, technology will advance and improvements will be made to combat these types of errors so that systems are able to run in a safe and efficient manner.
Illustration courtesy of Adelphi Health Informatics
Great Infographic! Two areas that are highlighted in the document (finding patients and medication errors) are being addressed by many hospitals through the use of biometrics for patient identification and are proving to reduce the number of misidentified patients, duplicate medical records, medication errors, and more. Biometrics are certainly helping to keep patients safer and protect them from the dangers and perils of electronic health systems.