Together, EHRs and Artificial Intelligence reduce medical errors

Together, EHRs and Artificial Intelligence reduce medical errors

According to a report published by the Journal of Patient Safety, medical errors cause 400,000 deaths in the U.S. every year. Many of these errors come about because doctors have incomplete or incorrect patient information.

Information Week reported that electronic health records could play a significant role in helping reduce this number. These new programs have the ability to maintain patients' entire health records, including all of their allergies and any medications they have ever been prescribed. Many people forget small details from the medical past that could be important for prescribing medications or recommending surgeries. If physicians have entire wellness histories at the push of a button, they will be better able to choose the correct form of treatment. 

EHRs also employ a type of artificial intelligence that is crucial for making accurate diagnoses. Information Week noted that systems have the ability to recognize data and alert doctors if anything seems unusual or connected. The source noted that these systems are not poised to replace doctors, but rather be their second set of hands. Human physicians review the information and make the final call, but the artificial intelligence programs dig through large amounts of data to find important information.