Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. (2011). Guide to Reducing Unintended Consequences of Electronic Health Records. Rockville, MD. Retrieved from http://www.ucguide.org/avoid/current.html.
The Guide to Reducing Unintended Consequences of Electronic Health Records from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality aims to teach healthcare providers how to avoid the risks and pitfalls of electronic health care records.
“EHRs can offer many benefits to health care providers and their patients, including better quality of medical care, greater efficiencies, and improved patient safety. However, even if these benefits are achieved, you will almost certainly face some unanticipated and undesirable consequences from implementing an EHR. Such consequences are often referred to as unintended consequences.
Unintended consequences can undermine provider acceptance, increase costs, sometimes lead to failed implementation, and even result in harm to patients. However, if you learn to anticipate and identify unintended consequences, you will be in a better position to make effective decisions, clarify tradeoffs, and address problems as they arise.”