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10/22/2012 | 11:44:09 PM
re: Electronic Checklists Help Prevent Medical Errors
Until all prescriptions are in a unified system like Surescripts, the burden of collecting proper medication lists lies solely on the providers. I welcome anything that can be done to increase the accuracy of that information and I think it comes as no surprise that checklists would help reduce errors in repetitive tasks, such as medication reconciliation. Pilots have been required to do pre-flight checklists for years to ensure that steps weren't skipped prior to take-off, and it's reassuring to see some sort of adaptation being brought into today's EHR world.

Jay Simmons
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10/22/2012 | 5:24:14 PM
re: Electronic Checklists Help Prevent Medical Errors
That just sounds like some best practices to me, that when repeatedly doing the same task over and over again there is bound to be some form of human error. I hate to say it but computers only do what they are told and they keep track of data much better than the human brain It makes sense that there is fewer mistakes when strictly automated by computers. There is simply to much data and history for there not to be some form of a checklist or reference. I like reading statistics like this that show the positive benefits of technology!

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