Pew: 5 ways EHRs contribute to patient harm — and 2 ways to fix it

The Pew Charitable Trusts outlined how EHR usability issues may contribute to patient harm and provided two suggestions on how to solve these safety issues in an April 17 infographic.

Here are five ways the Pew Charitable Trusts said EHR usability issues may harm patients.

1. Alert fatigue

2. Customization that hasn't undergone rigorous testing

3. Auto-refresh mix-ups

4. Unclear default settings

5. Incomplete lab results

Here are two ways the Pew Charitable Trusts said healthcare leaders may be able to improve usability.

1. Establish a health IT safety collaborative with stakeholders from across the industry

2. Implement safety testing during development and after implementation

To access the Pew Charitable Trusts' infographic, click here.

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