Health Care Data Science for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

Perspective Background Having spent countless sleepless nights on call during my internship hunched over coffee-stained tables writing notes by hand, I eagerly anticipated implementation of a state-of-the art electronic health record (EHR) during my final year of residency. As a regular user of Amazon and Netflix, I assumed that merely adopting such technology would enhance my productivity in the hospital, the way it improved my life outside the hospital. Yet, I soon confronted the same clunky user interfaces and unintuitive EHR designs that have frustrated health care practitioners everywhere.(1) Optimistically, I assumed that even if the user interfaces were subpar, at least the data we so painstakingly entered into the system could be used to improve patient care. Although the log of all EHR activity is dumped into large databasesā€¦


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