A new study indicates upgrading your EHR system can actually lead to an increase in certain kinds of mistakes. When primary care docs first adopted EHRs, they generally saw an improvement in patient care. But doctors who upgraded an existing system had an increase in prescribing errors. That’s according to new research presented at the Digital Health Conference.
Specifically, doctors who switched from one EHR system to another had an increase in their rate of prescribing errors as measured at three months and one year after adoption. By year two, the prescribing rate had decreased again.
For practices that added new EHR systems saw dramatic improvement in errors rates — in some cases prescribing errors decreased as much as 85%.