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HIT Errors ‘Tip of the Iceberg,’ Says ECRI
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Healthcare systems’ transitions from paper records to electronic ones are causing harm and in so many serious ways, providers are only now beginning to understand the scope. Computer programs truncated dosage fields, leading to morphine-caused respiratory arrest; lab test and transplant surgery records didn’t talk to each other, leading to organ rejection and patient death; and an electronic system’s misinterpretation of the time “midnight” meant an infant received antibiotics one dangerous day too late.