But there’s a flip side.
“The EMR, unfortunately, introduces new kinds of risks into our healthcare environment, which is already very complex.” Wrong clicks and entries, over-reliance on automation, and design problems can all go awry, he said.
An overdose of an adolescent patient on Bactrim, relayed in the book The Digital Doctor, by Robert Wachter, MD (McGraw-Hill Education, 2015), came about when a resident entered the number of milligrams of the drug into a field required in the EHR. The resident thought the field required him to enter the total amount, but it was actually asking for milligrams per kilogram. The downstream systems did not prevent the error from affecting the patient, who almost died from this error, Dr. Nussenbaum said.