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Sumant Ranji, MD; April 2008
A woman with symptoms of sinusitis was given 2 different courses of broad-spectrum antibiotics, neither of which improved her symptoms. Hospitalized for autoimmune hemolysis (presumably from the antibiotic), the patient suffered multiorgan failure and septic shock, and died.
Terhune C. Los Angeles Times. August 3, 2012:B1.
This newspaper article reports on an incident during which dozens of hospitals lost access to electronic medical records (EMRs) and discusses risks associated with EMR systems.
Cohn J. The Atlantic. March 2013;311:59–67.
This magazine article reports how technology, such as IBM's Watson, can improve the efficiency and accuracy of health care decision making.
Grant M. AARP The Magazine. September/October 2010;53:48-51,90-91.
Rowland C. Boston Globe. July 20, 2014.
Government incentives have led to rapid development and adoption of electronic health records (EHRs). This newspaper article examines some of the unintended consequences of implementing electronic systems that have not been fully optimized for use in the health care environment, such as serious adverse events and medication errors. Moreover, failure to mandate reporting of EHR-related errors hinders developing strategies to improve them. Although clinicians want to avoid returning to paper records, they find current electronic systems inadequate, difficult to use, and nonintuitive.