Decisions in Healthcare: Man vs Machine

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After reading the current blogs on medication administration I now have to question my desire to implement a dispensing system in our hospital and nursing home. Our administrative team has been looking over different EMR systems, including medication administration, to improve the patient care and efficiency in our facility. All of the vendors mention the time saving that happens with the electric medical records, and they all state that their systems will all but eliminate errors. It is interesting to hear from others with experience using these types of systems that the errors still occur. I concur that a computer is only as good and error free as the person entering the data, or the one using the machine. If each person included in the administration and delivery of the medication does not follow correct protocol, there will always be medication errors. The advent of machines does not take away the importance of learning and using correct procedure for delivery of medical care.

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