Advisory: Determining the Role of EHR Systems in Safety Events
December 21, 2012 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance
As adoption of health information technology solutions like electronic health records (EHRs) has increased across the United States, several groups have identified the lack of available safety data as a major challenge to assessing the safety of these systems, states a December 2012 Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory article. To inform the field about the types of EHR-related errors and problems reported to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority and to serve as a basis for further study, Authority analysts queried the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System for reports related to EHR technologies and performed an exploratory analysis of 3,099 reports using a previously published classification structure specific to health information technology. They found that the majority of EHR-related reports involved errors in human data entry, such as the entry of "wrong" data or the failure to enter data, and a few reports indicated technical failures on the part of the EHR system.