Thursday, February 2, 2012

E-Prescribing Cuts Medication Error Rates

Ullman, Kurt. "E-Prescribing Cuts Medication Error Rates." MedPage Today, January 31, 2012.

From the article: "The use of electronic prescribing systems (e-prescribing) resulted in statically significant reductions in medication errors, although the effect was limited by system-related mistakes, according to the results of a study at two Australian hospitals.Use of commercial e-prescribing systems was associated with a significant drop in error rates in all three intervention wards (reductions of 66.1%, 57.5%, and 60.5%), reported Johanna I. Westbrook, PhD, from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, and colleagues." Read more

See Also
Westbrook JI , Reckmann M , Li L , Runciman WB , Burke R , et al. "Effects of Two Commercial Electronic Prescribing Systems on Prescribing Error Rates in Hospital In-Patients: A Before and After Study." PLoS Med 9(1): e1001164.doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001164. January 2012.