California ED Forced to Close After EHR Failure

Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, California, shut down its emergency department after the electronic health record and data system failed and the hospital had no backup plan in place.

Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, California, shut down its emergency department (ED) February 27 after the electronic health record and data system failed.

The failed systems led to issues with properly dispensing medications, verifying physician orders, reviewing patient labs, MRIs and other diagnostic procedures, and led to an inability for clinicians to review patient records, according to hospital nurses.

Additionally, the hospital did not have a backup plan in place after closing its ED.

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Source: Becker's Hospital Review