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SLIDESHOW: ECRI C-Suite HIT Watch List

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1. Electronic Health Records: A big goal for many hospitals is to make sure they are able to certify their electronic health records for Stage 1 Meaningful Use. A concern that has arisen is whether the rush to achieve Stage 1 has affected patient safety. While few errors involving health information technology have been reported, there have been instances of patient harm associated with those errors, which included four fatalities. Errors involved data entry into the wrong file, inadequate data transfer between HIT systems, and failure for the systems to function as designed, which has called for hospitals to tighten up these errors in order to keep patients out of harm. (Photo credit: ECRI Institute)