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IOM Issues 10 HIT Recommendations for Patient Safety
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Health information technology is said to be key to improving quality and safety. But even as providers rush to implement and master these expensive systems, there’s an underappreciated chance that computers might cause harm, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine. “Examples of health IT–induced harm that can result in serious injury and death include dosing errors, failing to detect fatal illnesses, and delaying treatment due to poor human–computer interactions or loss of data,” the 197-page report “Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care” explains.

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