Quality And Safety Implications Of Emergency Department Information Systems

Heather L. Farley, Kevin M. Baumlin, Azita G. Hamedani, et.al. | Annals of Emergency Medicine (AEM) | June 24, 2013

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009 and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services “meaningful use” incentive programs, in tandem with the boundless additional requirements for detailed reporting of quality metrics, have galvanized hospital efforts to implement hospital-based electronic health records. As such, emergency department information systems (EDISs) are an important and unique component of most hospitals' electronic health records. System functionality varies greatly and affects physician decisionmaking, clinician workflow, communication, and, ultimately, the overall quality of care and patient safety. [...]