According to a Yahoo News article (similar article in the Washington Post) a medical records software upgrade in the VA Hospital computer system put the lives of all hospitalized veterans at risk late last year.
According to the article, the “computer glitch” caused patients to get the wrong medications, to receive the wrong doses of medications, to experience delays in treatment, and to receive blood thinning medications for longer than the doctor had ordered them.
The VA was quick to point out that it was not aware of any patient injuries from the “computer glitch,” but the article noted that the VA also tried to “keep the problems quiet” and didn’t initially notify the patients involved in the mix-up.
The article also quotes Dr. Bart Harmon, a former Pentagon chief medical information officer, as saying that “the VA’s problems could become more common as more hospitals and doctors’ offices move toward electronic records.”
The VA system currently includes 153 medical centers and cares for 5.5 million patients. What’s going to happen if a similar system becomes responsible for 5756 hospitals and more than 1 billion patient care visits every year under “socialized medicine”?
Giving unnecessary infusions, delaying care, and trying to “keep problems quiet” aren’t included on the quality indicators list the the government’s “Hospital Compare” web site.
Oh – I forgot. It doesn’t matter. The government won’t put its own hospitals up there for everyone to compare, anyway.