EHR Adoption Helps Improve Patient Safety
What is the best way to improve patient safety? Regardless of who is asking and answering this question, you can be rest assured that it is something they take very seriously.
Medical facilities care about patient safety more than anything else. For this reason, electronic health records (EHR) adoption is on the rise.
With EHR adoption just now catching on, many facilities and health care professionals have mixed feelings regarding what it can do for them. However, multiple studies have shown that electronic health records can improve patient safety, which is more than enough for most to give it a try.
In a recent study, Andrew Gettinger, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer and Acting Director of the ONC’s Office of Clinical Quality and Safety noted that health IT has generated more positive results than harm over the past 15 years.
Patient Safety is Improving
When patient safety improves so does the quality of care. As a result, medical professionals are also in position to achieve a higher level of success.
With electronic health records, there is less chance of a mix-up, such as a doctor overlooking a procedure that was performed in the past or the current use of a particular medication.
In previous posts, we have discussed the many ways facilities, as well as patients, benefit from EHR. Take this excerpt, for example:
“Less chance of error. Can you think of anything worse than an error when receiving treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction? With EHR software, there is a smaller chance of this happening, which improves the overall level of care.”
Electronic health records are changing the medical industry in a good way. As this trend continues to pick up steam, patients and medical facilities alike will continue to benefit. Safety is always a concern, and EHR adoption is changing this in a good way.