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Failures in electronic record systems may pose danger to patients

A review of Food and Drug Administration reports by Fred Schulte and Emma Schwartz, of the Huffington Post Investigative Fund, revealed failures in electronic medical records systems that have resulted in death or serious injuries for patients. These "adverse events" could indicate bigger issues as hospitals make the move from paper to electronic records. Experts worry that "the prospect of stimulus funding – an estimated $5 million or more per hospital – encourages hospitals to install systems prematurely, possibly exposing patients to harm associated with software glitches and other system bugs."

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