Expert: Health IT can improve patient safety or create new risks

12/4/2009 | Wall Street Journal, The

The potential of health IT is evident and the federal stimulus funds are likely to encourage increased adoption, but "health IT is harder than it looks," said Bob Wachter, a doctor and patient-safety expert. Properly implemented health IT systems can help boost patient safety, but faulty systems and installations can bring about safety hazards, Wachter added.

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