Electronic Health Record Usability Challenges Contribute to Medication Errors in Children

Electronic Health Record Usability Challenges Contribute to Medication Errors in Children
Electronic health records (EHRs) have improved the quality and safety of patient care, yet challenges with system usability—how they’re designed, customized, implemented, and used by clinicians—can contribute to medical errors. Children are particularly vulnerable to harm from incorrect drug dosages and other medication mistakes. New research from three hospital systems examined how EHR usability can affect patient safety, particularly when it comes to caring for children.1 The study analyzed 9,000 pediatric patient safety events reported by the hospitals in a five-year period.

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