Study shows health IT’s positive, negative effects on safety

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Health information technology (IT) systems have the potential to reduce medical errors, but they are likewise capable of causing unexpected mistakes if poorly implemented, according to a new study by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). In Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care, the Committee on Patient Safety and Health IT examines the current state of patient safety through health IT and provides recommendations for future improvements to electronic systems.

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