I don’t laugh easily, but I did chuckle when I heard that a Texas hospital was blaming its electronic medical record for the hospital’s mishandling of the first Ebola case in the US – a patient who had flown in from Liberia. According to the hospital, the patient told the nurse he’d been in Liberia, she documented it, but somehow that information didn’t make it to the doctor due to a workflow problem. The patient was released, got sicker, may have exposed others in the community, and then returned to the hospital. Somehow I knew this explanation wouldn’t be the end of the story.
Sure enough, a few days later the hospital issued a “clarification,” stating that “there was no flaw in the way the physician and nursing [workflows] interacted.” But there was still no word on why the patient was discharged.