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Journal Article
Review

Efficacy and unintended consequences of hard-stop alerts in electronic health record systems: a systematic review.

Powers EM, Shiffman RN, Melnick ER, et al. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA. 2018;25:1556-1566.

Although hard-stop alerts can improve safety, they have been shown to result in unintended consequences such as delays in care. This systematic review suggests that while implementing hard stops can lead to improved health and process outcomes, end-user involvement is essential to inform design and appropriate workflow integration.