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Quality and safety implications of emergency department information systems

by jmiller on July 3, 2013

This “in press” article (Ann Emerg Med) is a joint effort of members of the Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Section and the Informatics Section of the American College of Emergency Physicians to examine the benefits and potential threats to quality and patient safety that could result from the choice of a particular EDIS, its implementatiion and optimization, and the hospital’s or physician group’s approach to continuous improvement of the EDIS.  “Specirically, we explored the following areas of potential EDIS concerns:  communication failure, wrong order-wrong patient errors, poor data display, and alert fatigue.  The authors have developed 7 recommendations to improve patient safety with respect to the deployment of EDISs.  Click here to read full text.

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