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EHR Design Flaws Contribute to Patient Harm in the ED
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Patients are being subjected to treatment mistakes and harm because of design problems in electronic health record systems now being rolled out in the nation’s emergency rooms. But emergency department doctors are powerless to correct these flaws because of gag clauses that prohibit them from publicizing the issues.

Those are among several key findings in a report released Monday by 15 members of an American College of Emergency Physicians panel who say hospital administrators have rushed to buy systems from major EHR vendors to get incentive payments without considering the ED.