Let’s start our thinking this week with this topic of discussion: Relying on a mechanical device can be risky, yet we do it every day when we go through a ‘green light’ or drive our car until the ‘empty’ sign tells us we need more gas (or electricity).
- Share an example of how we become complacent with mechanical devices that puts us at risk and what might we do to counteract that tendency towards complacency?
Human error is always a risk when using any electronic system. Caution and mechanisms to avoid human error are historically used in health care. Think of the ‘sponge count’ for surgery as an example. Patient safety is paramount. Electronic Health Records pose a strong potential for errors that range from minor to life-threatening. The module notes and your readings discussed several potential issues. Let’s discuss these:
- What potential exists for missed medications?
- How do automatic ‘alerts’ support patient safety or create a risk to patient safety?
- How important is quality testing? Can external vendors police themselves? What risk does partnering with a for-profit EHR company create?
- What part does the CDSS play in patient care?
- In what ways has the implementation of CPOE improved patient safety? Discuss other benefits CPOE provides?