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Hazards tied to medical records rush

The Boston Globe reports on the sometimes tragic results of the nation’s hasty implementation of EHRs, and the anti-regulatory message being broadcast by vendors.

Swiss Walgreens? $4 Billion Tax Cut Considered At Corner Of Happy, Healthy & Tax-Free

Walgreens considers moving its headquarters to Switzerland through the acquisition of Swiss-based Alliance Boots, a move that would save the company $800 million in taxes annually.

Characteristics Associated With Post-discharge Medication Errors

A small study examining post-discharge medication errors finds that 54 percent of cardiac patients reviewed had at least one error on their discharge medication list.

Hospital trust makes ‘biggest investment in IT for more than a generation’

In England, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust signs a $44 million contract with CGI to update the IT infrastructure of its 600-bed hospital, Watford General, which came under scrutiny last year when its EHR was blamed for a scheduling issue that resulted in the death of two cancer patients.

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  1. Re. the Boston Globe story. The story seems a little incomplete. For more than a decade, Cerner has voluntarily reported events and near-misses to the FDA’s Medwatch database. That’s for all solutions, not just the ones with 510k clearances like Blood Bank. I’m not aware of any other vendors who do voluntary reporting through Medwatch, though.

  2. Seriously M???

    Does Cerner report to the FDA any time a customer finds that some doctor has put incorrect information (a weight entered wrong, a cut and paste of an old note, etc.) to the FDA? No way – go check it, it’s not true.

    Does Cerner report every downtime or system access interruption to the FDA? No way – go check it, it’s not true.

    Does Cerner report every time a customer complains about a “design not meeting the need” to the FDA? No way – go check it, it’s not true.

    Jeesh, enough with the self indulgent marketing.

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