IT will never eliminate need for critical thinking
Regarding the recent article “Complicated, confusing EHRs pose serious patient-safety threats” (ModernHealthcare.com, June 20), the bottom line to any and all IT systems that function within our workplace is that they are a documentation tool. The computer does not replace the human critical-thinking assessment of any and all documentation and directions within said documentation.
The IT system is only as beneficial as the person entering the appropriate data that drives the best-practice warnings or contraindication warnings. We tend to blame the computer, when in fact it is the data that are lacking and/or entered inappropriately.
Scott Kennedy Burbank, Calif.