An electronic health record's clinical decision support tool in a hospital's emergency department issued so many unnecessary and clinically inconsequential alerts relating to opioids that providers found them "overwhelming" and contributing to alert fatigue, according to a new study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.
Electronic health records have the potential to improve patient care for problems we can predict, such as reducing urinary tract infections and identifying patients who haven't received their flu shots.
But they still appear to be unable to handle some of the more current and unanticipated medical problems, and that should give everyone pause.Just look at this week's news. Opioid misuse and abuse is one of the biggest health epidemics in this country. It's become such a large concern that the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General added the issue to its 2016 work plan.
But a new study reports that a commercial EHR's clinical decision support tool in a hospital's emergency department (ED), designed to issue alerts when opioids are prescribed, was so poorly calibrated that it triggered at unnecessary and clinically insignificant times. Read more...
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The GOP Doctors Caucus has weighed in against the Meaningful Use program, sending a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan urging that Stage 3 of the program be delayed and a blanket hardship waiver exception be granted for Stage 2.
Electronic health record vendor Epic Systems has written a letter to the editor of Mother Jones magazine refuting statements made in a story published by the latter about Epic products' lack of interoperability with other EHR systems.
The Department of Defense claims to have met the interoperability requirements for electronic health records as called for in the National Defense Authorization Act.
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