Providers can’t allow technology to breed sloppy thinking
Regarding the blog post “Medication reconciliation improvements needed: report” (ModernHealthcare.com, July 29), technology is only as good as the folks using it. People must not allow technology to replace thinking and thoughtful interaction. Recently, while getting ready for an interventional radiology procedure at a major Philadelphia hospital, I was handed a list of medications and asked which ones I took that morning. The list did not belong to me. It actually had another patient’s name on it. Not only was the list for the wrong patient, but the visibility of another’s name along with protected health information was a violation of HIPAA.
Technology may have its place, but it also has made healthcare professionals increasingly sloppy thinkers.
Ridley Park, Pa.