Potential Benefits and Pitfalls of Health IT Discussed at Cassatt Symposium

May 17, 2013 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care


Health information technology (IT), the focus of the April 24, 2013, Cassatt RRG Holding Company’s symposium Healthcare Information Technology and You: The Journey, the Challenges, and the Rewards, can have many benefits, but healthcare workers must remain vigilant in looking for potential errors that may be introduced because of the technology. Erin Sparnon, M.Eng. , senior patient safety analyst, Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, spoke about the Authority’s December 2012 paper “The Role of the Electronic Health Record in Patient Safety Events,” which found numerous issues surrounding the use of electronic health records (EHRs), such as incorrect data entry.

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