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Hazards tied to medical records rush

from The Boston Globe

Academics, policy gurus, healthcare leaders and patient safety advocates generally agree that the American medical system has long needed to abandon its old paper charts and catch up with the rest of the digital age. For instance, wider use of bar-coding in hospitals, matching patient wristbands with the drugs they are given, is creating a safer environment, specialists say. But the scramble by doctors and hospitals to cash in on the incentives has thrust complex, balky, unwieldy and error-prone computer systems into highly sensitive clinical settings at a record pace. more

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