Electronic medical records are supposed to help physicians and nurses keep your information organized, so they know which medications you need and how healthy you are. What happens when the rush to produce electronic records from paper records becomes too much and results in errors? At least one woman has died, according to this report from July 20.
In her case, she was sleeping at around 2:52 a.m. when her bedside oxygen alarm went off. The hospital, South Shore Hospital, was alerted to her need for attention. She suffered from congestive heart failure, diabetes, and other health problems, but the 46-year-old woman had been fine and was resting peacefully before the sudden alarm.