Information Technology and the New Culture of Patient Safety

  • Joyce Sensmeier
  • Kathleen Covert Kimmel
Part of the Health Informatics Series book series (HI)


Despite having unparalleled technology and resources, the U.S. healthcare system has room for improvement. Impressive advancements in medical knowledge have accelerated at a mind-boggling rate, but access to patient information and knowledge resources is limited and not readily available to the majority of providers. Innovative surgical procedures using advanced diagnostic equipment offer a sophisticated understanding of a patient’s condition; however, information distribution and communication are hampered by the manual, paper-based charts present in most healthcare organizations. Handwritten medication orders are error prone, and deciphering handwriting is frequently a challenge for those processing orders. Medications with similar names but different action classes, effects, and dose ranges further complicate the medication management process. Front-line employees make high-risk decisions that require judgment and choices involving many variables with minimal system support [1].


Patient Safety Improve Patient Safety Computerize Physician Order Entry Healthcare Information Computerize Physician Order Entry System 
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  • Kathleen Covert Kimmel

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