Electronic Health Records

The widespread implementation of electronic health records has caused a sea change in health care and in medical practice.

The digitization of health care data has had some positive effects on patient safety, but it has also created new patient safety concerns.

In a review of EHR safety and usability, investigators found that the switch from paper records to EHRs led to decreases in medication errors, improved guideline adherence, and (after initial implementation) enhanced safety attitudes and job satisfaction among physicians.

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