Why e-health records are just like self-driving cars


Drivers are distracted klutzes and computers could obviously do better. Self-driving cars will make all of us safer on the road.

Doctors have spotty knowledge and keep illegible records. Electronic health records with decision support will improve the quality of healthcare.

The parallels are obvious. And so far the outcomes are disappointing on both fronts of our new war against human error.

I remember vividly flunking my first driving test in Sweden. It was early autumn in 1972. I was in a baby-blue Volvo with a