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Friday, February 14, 2014

Health Technology’s ‘Essential Critic’ Warns Of Medical Mistakes - Kaiser Health News

Use of electronic medical records is speeding up, thanks to $10-billion-and-counting in bounties the federal government is paying to caregivers who adopt them. The consensus among government officials and researchers is that computers will cut mistakes and promote efficiency. So some 4,000 hospitals have or are installing digital records, the Department of Health and Human Services said last month.

Seventy percent of doctors surveyed in September  by research firm CapSite said they had switched to digital data.

But the notion that electronic charts prevent more mistakes than they cause just isn’t proven, Silverstein says. Government doesn’t require caregivers to report problems, he points out, so many computer-induced mistakes may never surface.


I'm going to blog on this issue from time to time. I see it as just another massive f*&# up being caused by Obamacare broadly defined.

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I fear that record malpractice has already taken place in my computerized data. A hospital to which I was admitted screwed up my list of meds badly. I fear that error filled record will be passed on, although I have yet to see any sign that doctors are sharing data with each other without patients consent.

Posted by: Joe Pehoushek | Feb 14, 2014 11:52:55 AM

In the NHS I have signed up for a system where the local GPs and the local hospitals have electronic access to my medical records, and I have also signed up to forbid their going any further i.e. I have opted out of the national scheme. I have read that 40% of GPs have themselves opted out of the national scheme - for their own personal medical records, I mean.

Posted by: dearieme | Feb 14, 2014 2:07:07 PM