'Flaw' in Electronic Health Record Blamed for Medical Error Involving Ebola Patient
CNSNews.com) - When a sick Liberian man walked into Texas Presbyterian Hospital last month, "Protocols were followed by both the physician and the nurses," the hospital said in a statement released Thursday night.
The man told a nurse he had come from West Africa, where an Ebola epidemic is raging.
The nurse entered it into the nurses' portion of the Electronic Health Records, system but -- "As designed, the travel history would not automatically appear in the physician’s standard workflow." in other words, would not be seen in the doctors' portion of the Electronic Health Records. The doctors had no clue. Probably the man had no insurance either. He was sent home with antibiotics.
Of course, the Texas Presbyterian Hospital has scrambled to make sure that these two parts of a hospital - doctors and nurses - at least speak to each other electronically now. Especially in regard to Ebola. Well, they'd better. We need humans to speak to each other, and technology to back up the human nature of MISTAKES HAPPEN!
I would hope that when there is any suspicion of Ebola, that having insurance or not doesn't enter into the equation.
An electronic health record (EHR), or electronic medical record (EMR), is a systematic collection of electronic health information about an individual ...
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