Re: First Step
On the number of deaths: As reported in "Medical Errors: a Report by the Staff of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer" there 210,000 to 440,000 deaths in America each year that result from "medical errors and other preventable harm at hospitals." EHR does not really eliminate the danger. I interviewed a doctor behind the company that designed a better prescription alert system, for such errors are a big factor in those preventable deaths. Dr. Gidi Stein explained, doctors can feel "drowned by the numbers and figures on each and every patient," and so may end up overlooking some small item that is, in fact, critical -- a blood test result, a particular condition, or a drug. The pull-down menu in EMR systems can be problematic, too. A doctor might inadvertently click on the wrong drug in an alphabetical list or select the patient in Room 9 instead of Room 10.