The analysis identifies 19 types of health IT-related medical errors based on a literature review and the authors’ knowledge. It also lists eight categories of situations that could lead to such errors and provides examples of preventive measures to reduce the likelihood of the mistakes.
According to the researchers, health IT problems that could lead to medical errors include:
- Hardware or software flaws;
- The inability of a software system to accurately measure certain functions (Modern Healthcare, 7/25);
- A lack of interoperability between two health IT systems; and
- Slow transitions between paper and electronic health records (InformationWeek, 7/26).