Electronic files coming out of a computer The study found that a "wide variation in the safetyperformance of operational EHR systems remains across a largesample of hospitals and EHR vendors."

A comprehensive new study about electronic healthrecords concluded safety performance has "increased modestly" overa 10-year span, but variations among hospitals and vendors provideopportunities for improvement.

The national trends study of electronic health records, or EHRs,used data from a test administered by the nonprofit health industrywatchdog Leapfrog Group. The test "uses simulated medication ordersthat have either injured or killed patients previously to evaluatehow well hospital EHRs could identify medication errors withpotential for patient harm," according to the study, published inlate May at JAMA Network Open.

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Mike Scarcella

Mike Scarcella is a senior editor in Washington on ALM Media's regulatory desk. Contact him at [email protected]. On Twitter: @MikeScarcella. Mike works on a slate of newsletters: Supreme Court Brief | Higher Law | Compliance Hot Spots | Labor of Law.