98,000 deaths occur in the United States each year from preventable medical errors!
Michael Jackson, the superstar has been dead for 2 years. But the current big news is the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson’s personal physician, who is on trial for involuntary manslaughter.
I wrote an article titled “Could an Electronic Health Record System Have Prevented The Death of Michael Jackson?” Health information technology in general and electronic health record systems prevent medical errors. Michael Jackson’s death was due to a preventable error. So EHR software in theory could have saved the King of Pop.
Sadly it seems Michael Jackson had a drug addiction. There’s much more to the story, as will come out in the Michael Jackson trial. So perhaps this is a bit of overkill and dramatization. But Michael Jackson was bigger than life.
A drugged up
“Michael Jackson Audio Recording — People vs. Dr. Conrad Murray”
Realistically, health care providers should consider the benefits of an electronic health record system. Electronic health records help physicians and other health care providers be better medical providers: increased patient safety and improved quality of care based on best practices and evidence based medicine.
Patient safety and consistent quality medical care are goals of health information technology. More specifically, it is the goal of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act / HITECH Act, which is mandating the transition to electronic health records.
In the words of President Barack Obama:
“To improve the quality of our health care while lowering its costs, we will make the immediate investments necessary to ensure that, within five years, all of America’s medical records are computerized. This will cut waste, eliminate red tape and reduce the need to repeat expensive medical tests…But it just won’t save billions of dollars and thousands of jobs; it will save lives by reducing the deadly but preventable medical errors that pervade our health-care system.”
A critical component of an electronic health record system is clinical decision support. The clinical support knowledge base enables the EHR software to provide helpful alerts. Helpful alerts that support meaningful use criteria relative to drug ordering.
- Alerts about drug interactions – that two drugs should not be taken together
- Checks for drug allergies
- Notices about potential drug side effects
- Warns about potential drug dosage errors based on the age, weight or gender of the patient.
The electronic health record system provides helpful information at the appropriate time to prevent medical errors and the loss of lives. But the electronic health record system only provides information. The doctor is still the authority. Health care providers can override the system. But with electronic health records, they can’t say they didn’t know.
The Dr. Conrad Murray / Michael Jackson trial is trying to determine if Dr Murray knowingly provided the lethal drug overdose.
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