September 9, 2009

Eight Rights of Safe Electronic Health Record Use

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: University of Texas School of Health Information Sciences and the UT-Memorial Hermann Center for Healthcare Quality and Safety, Houston (Dr Sittig); Houston VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence and The Center of Inquiry to Improve Outpatient Safety Through Effective Electronic Communication, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Section of Health Services Research, Department of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston (Dr Singh).

JAMA. 2009;302(10):1111-1113. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1311

Computers can improve the safety, quality, and efficiency of health care.1 The pressure on hospitals and physicians to adopt electronic health records (EHRs) has never been greater. However, concerns have been raised about the safety of EHRs in light of the limitations of currently available software, the inexperience of clinicians and information technologists in implementation and use, and potential adverse outcomes associated with clinician order entry and other clinical applications.24

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