Electronic health records and national patient-safety goals

N Engl J Med. 2012 Nov 8;367(19):1854-60. doi: 10.1056/NEJMsb1205420.


Hospitals and clinics are adapting to new technologies and implementing electronic health records, but the efforts need to be aligned explicitly with goals for patient safety. EHRs bring the risks of both technical failures and inappropriate use, but they can also help to monitor and improve patient safety.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
  • Computer Security
  • Electronic Health Records*
  • Goals
  • Humans
  • Meaningful Use
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized / instrumentation
  • Patient Safety*
  • Software
  • United States