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San Francisco, CA: The Leapfrog Group; May 2, 2006.
This news release announces that 22 California hospitals have been recognized for their achievements in addressing The Leapfrog Group's standards of quality and safety.
Evanston, IL: Office of the Governor; July 13, 2006.
This news release announces the governor's plans to improve patient safety in Illinois, including the use of e-prescribing by all providers and a Division of Patient Safety within the state public health department.
Journal Article > Commentary
Health information technology is a vehicle, not a destination: a conversation with David J. Brailer.
Milstein A. Health Aff (Millwood). 2007;26:w236-w241.
Brailer, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology ("the IT Czar") from 2004-2006, discusses the fundamental changes needed for the United States to optimize the use of health information technology, including patient ownership of their health care information, universal access to provider performance data, and changes in health care policy.
Carter M. Seattle Times. March 9, 2007:A1.
This article investigates and reports on the prevalence of medical errors in a county jail system in Washington.
Urbina I, Nixon R. New York Times. March 30, 2007;National Desk section:1.
This article reports on the inconsistent use of the Department of Defense electronic medical records system and how this has led to medical errors and delays in care for US veterans.
Carbonara P. Fast Company. October 2008.
This magazine article describes how one health system is using an evidence-based, pay-for-performance program to reduce errors and improve outcomes in coronary-artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.
Landro L. Wall Street Journal. January 21, 2009:B7.
This newspaper article reports on efforts to increase physicians' use of electronic prescribing and describes benefits such as error reduction and cost savings.
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.
Freudenheim M. New York Times. December 13, 2010:3B.
This article reports on a committee created by the Institute of Medicine to analyze the potential impact of electronic medical records (EMR) on costs and quality of care.
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.
Schulte F, Fry E. Kaiser Health News, Fortune Magazine. March 18, 2019.
Despite years of investment and government support, electronic health records (EHR) continue to face challenges as a patient safety strategy. This news article outlines the unintended consequences of EHR implementation, including patient harm linked to software glitches and user errors, fraudulent behavior (upcoding), interoperability problems, clinician burnout due to poorly designed digital health records, and lack of industry transparency.