Tech Helps, But Human Errors Still A Big Problem At Hospitals

from the a-little-more-automation-please... dept

We've had plenty of stories in the past about hospitals becoming more technologically sophisticated, and noting that the technology helps to prevent bad prescriptions by checking for dangerous conflicts and also forcing a doctor to be clear in the prescription (typing instead of scrawling). However, a new study at one of these high tech hospitals found that there were plenty of mishaps anyway, some of which caused patients to die. Of course, this doesn't mean the technology doesn't work (there doesn't seem to be a comparison against a non-tech hospital), but that humans are still a big part of the process. Even when computers make the right decision, hospital staff still has plenty of opportunities to muck things up.

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    brianf, 26 May 2005 @ 6:54am

    Re: So can computers

    i've heard of a massachusetts based company that is trying to mine data to improve decision making - http://www.qcmetrix.com/

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