Computerised medical record systems that guide and protect – reflections on the Bawa-Garba case

Simon de Lusignan, Harshana Liyanage, Philip Scott


Lawrence Weed proposed we develop computerised, problem orientated medical records that guide and teach.  The Bawa-Garba case outcomes might have been different if care had been supported by computerised medical record (CMR) systems. CMR systems can reduce prescribing errors and could be develop to flag gaps in supervision.   However, CMR systems are not a panacea and need to be fit for purpose.  Our informatics perspective on this case is to call for widespread use of CMR systems – designed to guide and protect. 


Medical records systems, computerized; Patients; Medical Errors; Malpractice Risk; Risk management  

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