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Software Glitches at the US VA to be investigated

VA Committee Chairman involved
By: Sean Kalinich | Software News | Posted: Jan 16, 2009 6:28 pm

There is nothing like going to the hospital and being given the wrong medication or none at all when you need it. That is exactly what has happened at some Veterans Administration Health Centers.


The incorrect treatments were all down to a computer glitch that showed erroneous information in patient's electronic medical records. Now this problem is bad enough but it seems that the VA tried to sweep this problem under the rug.


The problem goes as far back as August of 2007 and has prompted Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.), Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, to investigate what he calls a "dangerous lack of accountability"


Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald


VA Committee Chairman to investigate software Glitches

"VA continues to discover problems and attempts to fix them quietly and internally, and then downplays them as inconsequential and nonthreatening," said Rep. Bob Filner, D-Calif. "No one expects new software to operate perfectly, but confidence must be inherent in any electronic medical records system."


The Associated Press reported Wednesday that patients at VA health centers were given incorrect doses of drugs, had needed treatments delayed and may have been exposed to other medical errors due to the glitches that showed faulty displays of their electronic health records.


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