re: EHRs Among Today's Top Health IT Hazards
Yes, Mr. Keller, the Sky could fall tomorrow. But, what is the likeyhood of that happening?
This smacks more of "what if" rather than pointing out real problems. Why? Because it assumes that Docs and EHR vendors et. al are complete idiots when it comes to designing and using technology.
For instance, in EHRs there are many checks and balances when it comes to auto matching Lab reports with patient identities. If it cannot match on several criteria, then an exception is thrown and the person responsible for Lab results is notified to make a manual check.
Barcoding? No way that is going to be accurte enough to trust it. What? Are we going to Tattoo a barcode on each patient?
If a Doc or other medical professional is Tweeting, checking email, browsing the web, etc. during a patient encounter, then they likely should be sanctioned and/or fired. I think they know (or certainly should know) better.
The example given of a patient monitor receiving incorrect information is probably the only point in the article that I would agree could pose a serious problem. However, these systems need to be thoroughly tested (and monitored after implementation) before being integrated into the HIT process.