The march is on across the American healthcare landscape to implement electronic health records that also function as decision-support systems. These “advanced” electronic health records will both provide centralized records and assist providers in making care decisions such as implementing therapy and utilizing evidence-based practice on the individual patient level.
And anyone that has had the opportunity to work with some of the systems out there knows that they can be pretty impressive, doing everything from risk stratification for embolic events to calculating weight-based drug dosages.
While this technology continues to reshape the way medicine is practiced in the United States, it is worth making note of some interesting tactics that corporations are using with regards to risk-management.
Because, inevitably, these systems are designed and used by regular people and mistakes will be made. And as often occurs in medicine, the first question will be where the liability for the mistake falls.