Navigation Links
Electronic prescribing systems boost efficiency, may lead to improved quality of care

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
Weber Shandwick Worldwide

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:
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 28, 2015 , ... There is only one major question ... from last year? , This question has not been an easy question to answer. ... retirement age and the younger workforce don’t share the same discipline around working long ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... 2015 , ... A team of Swiss doctors has released a report on ... just posted the findings on the website. Click here to read the details ... mesothelioma patients who were treated with chemotherapy followed by EPP surgery. Among the 106 ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... ProSidebar: Fashion is a set ... With ProSidebar: Fasion, video editors can easily add an informative sidebar to any ... opener. Utilize presets featuring self-animating drop zones, lines, bars, and text with the ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... 27, 2015 , ... The moment you stop improving is ... fulfilling the needs of advisers and clients but going above and beyond to ... customer service. However, there's always room for improvement, which is why the entire ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... Avid collector, Andrew Hawley from ... boxing style concert posters. This is one of Joplin's most famous and beautiful concert ... the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The According to Hawley, "It is hard ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/29/2015)... 29, 2015   Royal Philips  (NYSE: PHG, AEX: ... at the 2015 Radiological Society of North America Annual ... Place in Chicago . Visitors to ... company,s broad portfolio of integrated Diagnostic Imaging, Clinical Informatics, ... clinical performance, improve workflow and create a superior patient ...
(Date:11/29/2015)... , Nov. 29, 2015   National Decision Support ... its client base, including notable statewide implementations. As ... flagship solution, ACR Select, more than 1 million ... entry workflow. ACR Select provides real-time feedback on ... condition and has been implemented at over 100 ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... , Nov. 27, 2015  Lannett Company, Inc. ... has completed the acquisition of Kremers Urban Pharmaceuticals ... of global biopharmaceuticals company UCB S.A. (Euronext: UCB). ... Lannett has acquired KU from UCB for total ... adjustments, including a customary working capital adjustment, a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: