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May 19, 2010

Monitoring and Evaluating the Use of Electronic Health Records

JAMA. 2010;303(19):1918-1919. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.590

To the Editor: In their Commentary on the need for a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation framework for electronic health record (EHR) use, Drs Sittig and Classen1 called for a national EHR adverse event investigation board, similar to the National Transportation Safety Board. I believe that this approach confuses systemic errors within EHRs with errors caused by inadequate EHRs and would miss almost all of the latter.