Providers can’t al­low tech­nol­ogy to breed sloppy think­ing

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

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.

Mary Pow­ell

Pro­fes­sor

Ri­d­ley Park, Pa.

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