Technology usage in the medical industry has dramatically increased in the last decade. Most hospitals in Connecticut make use of computerized systems to manage patient treatment information. This includes medication dosage and instructions. While the technology is designed to reduce human error and increase patient safety, it has the potential to breed new types of errors and concerns for patients.
A 2016 report on patient safety described that three commonly reported technology errors involved dose omission, wrong dose or overdose, and extra dose. Dispensing the incorrect dosage to a patient or omitting a dose may be dangerous and could lead to death in many situations. Sometimes, technology has built-in failsafe features such as an infusion pump able to automatically limit dosage based on information about safe dosage amounts.