Patient-Reported Errors in Electronic Health Record Ambulatory Care Notes

Patient-Reported Errors in Electronic Health Record Ambulatory Care Notes

Errors in electronic health records (EHRs) are common.1,2 At least half of EHRs may contain an error, many related to medications.2-8 Overburdened practitioners may import inaccurate medication lists, propagate other erroneous information electronically by copying and pasting older parts of the record, or enter erroneous examination findings.2,8,9 EHRs may also lack critical information (errors of omission) because of limited interoperability among health care sites.10 Among primary care physicians sharing notes with patients, 26% anticipated that patients would find nontrivial errors.11 Despite these known problems, systems for checking the accuracy of notes are almost nonexistent.

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