The following appeared a little while ago.
Electronic health records are being used in hospitals and doctors offices. So how are they doing? Do the E-records protect and promote patient safety?
By Chelsea Conaboy
Globe Staff / April 30, 2012
The patient who had come to see Dr. Eduardo Haddad had complicated problems he was obese and diabetic with pulmonary hypertension. As Haddad reviewed the 50-year-old mans medications, reading from a long list saved in the patients electronic health record, a window popped up on Haddads laptop. Two of the drugs, when taken together, could make the patient drowsy, it warned.
Graphic The spread of electronic health records
Haddad, an independent nephrologist in a two-doctor office in Lawrence, calls himself old-fashioned. He still keeps a bank of paper records in the receptionists office, but the electronic records system he uses each day is advanced. There are tools to screen for adverse drug...
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