In the News: Do EHRs Pose Risk for Pediatric Medical Errors?

Monday, October 30, 2017

According to a recent article, the Pew Charitable Trusts has advised the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT to improve electronic health records (EHR) safety standards in regard to pediatric patients.

Among the common EHR elements that can lead to pediatric medical errors are:

  • Weight-based drug dosing
  • Age-related determinations
  • Tracking height and weight

Pew also noted that pediatric medical errors can occur when institutions customize EHR settings after implementation.

While EHR vendors already work to ensure their products comply with ONC requirements, those safety criteria do not apply to pediatric populations. But the upcoming 21st Century Cures Act, which will take effect by the end of 2018, will require ONC to establish voluntary certification specifically for pediatric EHRs. In creating the new certification, ONC has an opportunity to strengthen pediatric safety requirements, Pew noted in its letter to the organization.

Read the full Healthcare IT News article.

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