Alert Fatigue Directory » Concepts

Alert fatigue arises when so many different systems – from mobile phones to medical devices to electronic health records – give prompts, alerts or alarms that physicians no longer pay attention to them. Likened to a digital version of "the boy who cried wolf," the condition is a concern because many of the alerts are designed to prevent error but doctors disregard them and instead rely on their own judgments. Some studies show doctors disregard more than 90 percent of the drug interaction alerts and 77 percent of the drug allergy alerts.