Michael R. Cohen ScD, MS, RPH

May 2010 
Volume 40  Number 5
Pages 17 - 17
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When a patient who'd had a renal transplant was hospitalized a few years ago, "vitamin D" was entered into the allergy field of her medical record. The patient had never reported adverse reactions to the vitamin, and needed vitamin D and calcium to prevent bone loss that can lead to osteoporosis.Despite the patient's repeated attempts to have the error fixed—and reassurances from hospital staff that it would be fixed—vitamin D was still listed as an allergy when she recently visited a new primary care provider in a hospital-owned practice. As it turns out, medical personnel in clinical areas couldn't correct previous electronic medical records. The patient's new primary care provider plans to contact the information technology department to correct the error.Be sure you understand the process for correcting electronic information, and streamline the steps as much as possible without jeopardizing the integrity and security of this information.Warn patients who

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