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Risk of Medical Errors by ED Doctors Linked to Interruptions



Interruptions that cause emergency department doctors to change tasks and leave tasks unfinished, detract from direct patient care and contribute to the potential for medical error, researchers say.



1 comments on "Risk of Medical Errors by ED Doctors Linked to Interruptions"
badri (2/8/2011 at 12:27 PM)

Dear Cheryl - I read your fascinating article about the many interruptions to an ED doctor's schedule, the phone calls and the real need to embed an electronic notepad into the EMR that can then serve as the communications mechanism for the hospital and the doctor. AlertMD.com provides such a solution that enables EDs to communicate back and forth. We essentially create a dashboard of all outbound text messages, show whether the doctor has seen the call, acknowledged it, called back, etc., so repeat calls dont have to be made. We eliminate wait times with the answering service and create a log right within the patient record. I am curious to know if other solutions exist in the market today. I would like to get the thoughts from the participating hospitals on how they accomplish the same. We dont discuss how we do this on www.alertmd.com and I will gladly do so if one of the participants contact us. Sincerely, Badri Narasimhan CEO AlertMD LLC www.alertmd.com 312-854-7147