The Office of the ONC has begun putting together a plan to look and find areas where electronic medical records can cause harm to patients. Two agencies, the American Medical Association and the Texas Medical Association have made comments and suggestions. iHealthBeat has done a nice job providing a summary of the recommendations made by each. Continue reading: AMA and TMA Comment on ONC Patient Safety Plan
EMRs allow for the creation of a central repository of information that leads to better coordination between departments and medical facilities. Through these systems physicians, staff, and other healthcare professionals get quick and easy access to critical patient information that helps them take timely and accurate treatment decisions.