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The impact of electronic medical records on hospital-acquired adverse safety events: differential effects between single-source and multiple-source systems.

Bae J, Rask KJ, Becker ER. American journal of medical quality : the official journal of the American College of Medical Quality. 2018;33:72-80.

Electronic health records enhance patient safety, but they also have unintended consequences. This retrospective study found that hospitals with a single-source electronic health record were less likely to have hospital-acquired safety events compared to hospitals with multiple systems in place. These results suggest that safety gaps may arise at the interface of multiple electronic systems.