Government Health IT – Digital records safer than paper, but still not perfect


The article points to a separate piece from the Wall Street Journal which discusses Philips Healthcare’s recent patient data exchange system recall when they realized their product could transmit heart test reports that were incomplete and potentially able to lead to misdiagnoses by physicians. While no actual life-threatening misdiagnosis appears to have been made before the recall, the article stresses that since these “potentially life-threatening glitches” exist, “providers and other stakeholders may want to give more serious thought to how those glitches can be detected, and their potential errors avoided.”