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Electronic Health Record Risks in the Emergency Department

Related to: Ambulatory, Cures Act: Opening Notes, Electronic Health Records, Emergency Medicine, Nursing, Patient Safety Awareness

Patient Safety Alert 27: Electronic Health Record Risks in the Emergency Department (PDF)

While there has been recent focus on EHR risks, this has not filtered down to the level of areas with unique workflows and potentially high severity outcomes, such as the ED. It was because of this, the AMC PSO decided to convene a group of Emergency Medicine thought leaders to identify significant areas of concern and to explore potential mitigation strategies.

Risk Mitigation Strategies

  • Use a photo, watermark, or room number in the EHR to easily and readily identify a patient
  • Limit the number of open patient records per user to reduce errors related to toggling between charts

... and more.



Library of All AMC PSO Patient Safety Alerts

For even more patient safety alert material, please review our series of AMC PSO Patient Safety Alerts to understand the variety of topics covered by our members. AMC PSO makes patient safety learnings available to the public as part of CRICO’s ongoing commitment towards improving patient safety across the continuum of care.


December 22, 2016
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