for hospitals and physicians who know that medical errors can be costly!
Do you remember where you were when you heard the news that
Michael Jackson had died?
Michael Joseph Jackson, who was referred to as the King of Pop, was an American recording artist, dancer, singer-songwriter, musician, and philanthropist.
It’s been two years now since the death of pop *Superstar* and music icon, Michael Jackson…Tragically, a death from an overdose of drugs.
His personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, has been on trial for murder, or more specifically involuntary manslaughter. No rational person believes that Dr. Murray was actually trying to kill Michael Jackson. It was just a mistake, a fatal medical error.
Murray didn’t know he was administering a drug overdose.
In 1999, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a report entitled “To Err Is Human”. The shocking revelation in this report was that 98,000 people die annually as the result of preventable medical errors. One study by Dr. David Bates indicated that the use of health information technology and health information systems could reduce drug errors by 55%. In another study, Dr. Bates’ research team saw a reduction of drug errors by a whopping 88%. An electronic health record system could help.
Patient safety and quality – a national priority.
In 2004, President George W. Bush explained his vision for electronic health records (EHRs) in the United States by 2014. The electronic health record goal was to prevent errors, mistakes and deaths due to physicians making uninformed decisions. In 2009 President Barack Obama, included the HITECH Act as part of the stimulus bill. The HITECH Act stipulated the adoption of electronic health records and the exchange of data between medical entities. But it also provided incentive money to physicians and hospitals that adopt electronic health records and use them in a meaningful way.
What’s Meaningful Use?
Hospital bar code enabled medication administration systems can verify that the right drug was given to the right patient in the right dose at the right time. This is an example of meaningful use. But the government, via the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), has specific criteria that medical providers (both physicians and hospitals) have to meet in order to qualify for the annual incentive money. Several of the incentive measures have to do with drugs:
- drug-to-drug allergy checks
- active medication list
- active medication allergy list
- e-prescribing (electronic prescriptions).
If Dr. Murray had an electronic health record system and all the drug checking was done, then maybe, just maybe, Michael Jackson would still be here.
You’re at RISK!
If you don’t
b) use EHR software in a meaningful way.
Call Sandra Noble at 404-374-3384 for your RISK ASSESSMENT.
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How To Convert To Electronic Health Records,
When I’m Completely Technology Adverse,
And Don’t Know Where To Start!
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