Navigation Links
Electronic prescribing systems boost efficiency, may lead to improved quality of care
Date:5/4/2009

CHICAGO (May 4, 2009) New research published in the May issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons indicates that the adoption of electronic prescribing systems may allow for greater efficiency at hospitals, which could result in long-term cost savings and improved quality of care.

In an attempt to reduce or eliminate potentially harmful medication errors, the Institute of Medicine has called for the use of electronic prescribing systems in all health care organizations by 2010. Mixed results have been reported about the benefits of these systems for patients, but experts believe that additional software enhancements and more user-friendly platforms will prompt more hospitals to adopt electronic prescribing systems.

"Although we found that the implementation of an electronic prescribing system at our institution had no substantial impact on the rate of medication errors, we did see considerable gains in efficiency for the ordering process," said William M. Stone, MD, FACS, of Mayo Clinic Arizona.

"Patient safety is not simply reducing the number of medication errors. The use of this system makes obtaining treatment more efficient, could significantly lower health care costs and may also improve patient outcomes. Further study will show if these are additional benefits."

Researchers reviewed the implementation of an electronic prescribing system in a multispecialty surgical practice using a prospective and retrospective analysis of patient-safety measures. Other outcomes measured included order implementation and entry times, personnel requirements and costs. Medication errors were recorded using a standard self-reporting technique at Mayo Clinic Hospital. Order-implementation times (time from initiation of the order to order being available to the health care provider) and order-entry times (time for the provider to find or access a patient record and write or enter the order) were obtained electronically or by hidden observation.

There were 1,836,239 orders placed during the implementation process. Six months before the implementation of the system, 15 medication errors were identified (0.22 percent), and no trends were noted in these errors. After implementation of the system, 10 errors (0.16 percent) occurred during the first six months. During the second six months, 13 errors (0.21 percent) were noted. Rates of medication errors were not statistically significantly different during any of these time periods. Researchers stated that a low baseline rate of errors before implementation of the system may have been a contributing factor to the lack of improvement.

Before the implementation of the electronic prescribing system, the time required for a provider to place an order was 41.2 minutes. With the system, this time decreased to only 27 seconds (p<0.01). Additionally, personnel were no longer required to clarify and transcribe written orders into an accessible format. Due to the decreased work load, 11 of 56 (19.6 percent) personnel positions were eliminated, translating to a yearly financial benefit of $445,500. The total capital cost for the implementation project was $2.9 million, with additional operating cost of $2.3 million.


'/>"/>

Contact: Sally Garneski
pressinquiry@facs.org
312-202-5409
Weber Shandwick Worldwide
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. More proof needed of safety and quality of electronic personal health records
2. Glades General Hospital First in Palm Beach County to Provide On-Site Electronic Birth Registration
3. The ScottCare Corporation Completes Acquisition of Rozinn Electronics, a Leading Manufacturer of Cardiac Diagnostic Products
4. Keane Wins $1 Million Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Implementation at New Jersey-Based Acute Care Facility
5. West Penn Allegheny Health System Selects Electronic Health Record From Allscripts
6. Sandia National Laboratories Selects Allscripts Electronic Health Record and Practice Management for Employee Health Center
7. Kaiser Permanente Named Green Electronics Champion by EPA, Green Electronics Council
8. The Cardiovascular Multimedia Network (CVMD) and the International Society of Endovascular Specialists (ISES) Join Forces to Educate Practitioners Worldwide Through Electronic Media
9. Texas Childrens Hospital Selects Hyland Softwares OnBase to Complete Electronic Medical Records Initiative
10. Lakeside Systems Selects Allscripts Electronic Health Record for 100 Physicians
11. Herley Industries, Inc. Receives a $5 Million Award from EDO for Electronic Components for IEDs
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... , ... The Santana Telehealth Project was honored with the 2017 ATA Humanitarian ... Association’s annual conference, on April 23 in Orlando, FL. , “I am proud that ... of the poor and underserved in other parts of the world,” said Jonathan Linkous, ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... ... Association’s Outstanding Public Communication of Education Research Award. The award honors scholars exemplary ... communities. It recognizes a scholar who has demonstrated the capacity to deepen the ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... April 24, 2017 , ... The California ... million in charitable dental services to 1,961 people during the April 22-23 event at ... no charge to Californians who experience barriers to care, CDA Cares educates the public ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... , ... April 24, 2017 , ... The John P. ... technology that allows anyone, anywhere to track their cognitive health, and share results with ... their own brain health on the museum's website. , BrainCheck founder, Dr. David Eagleman, ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... , ... My T Chai, a South African company that creates a number ... RevNutrition.com, a popular website specializing in sales of nutritional products. , Chai tea ... Siam. It spread across Asia and Africa quickly, and today recipes vary from region ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/19/2017)... provides evidence that an old drug may provide relief for ... that will be presented at the American Academy of ... , April 22 to 28, 2017. When ... drug levodopa has long been considered the gold standard, improving ... the effects of the medication can partially wear off more ...
(Date:4/18/2017)... , April 18, 2017 Cogentix Medical, ... on providing the Urology, Uro/Gyn and Gynecology markets with ... the first quarter ended March 31, 2017 after the ... The Company will host a conference call and ... on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern ...
(Date:4/18/2017)... and BLOOMINGTON, Minn. ... (NASDAQ: IMMY ) ("Imprimis"), an ophthalmology-focused ... Lens ("Precision Lens"), today announced the signing of ... agreement, Precision Lens will deploy a dedicated sales ... geographies in the U.S., primarily focused in 13 ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: