Health IT supports error reporting

Although medical errors contribute to $17.29 billion in wasteful spending, only a fraction are reported, according to an article in PhysBizTech. Despite barriers, particularly the fear of retribution, medical error reporting is vital to patient safety and quality care. To improve on insufficient medical error data, health IT can support more reporting and better analysis. For instance, the article calls for built-in error reporting in electronic health records. Likening the function to an automatic vehicle response that prompts a 911 call following a car accident, the PhysBizTech article noted healthcare organizations must incorporate error data reporting into a clinician's workflow. Article