Navigation Links
Study: Electronic Prescribing Cuts Medication Errors
Date:2/21/2013

THURSDAY, Feb. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Hospitals' use of computerized ordering systems to process drug prescriptions prevented 17 million drug errors in a single year in the United States -- and this technology could prevent more than 50 million drug errors a year if it were more widely used in hospitals, according to a new study.

The study was published online Feb. 20 in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

"Computerized provider order entry" systems avoid the need to rely on handwritten instructions and provide built-in checks on drug doses and potentially harmful interactions with other medicines. These features help reduce the risk of medication mistakes, according to a journal news release.

In the study, researchers reviewed national data and concluded that computerized entry systems would reduce by half the likelihood of drug errors and reduced these errors by 12.5 percent across the United States in 2008 -- meaning the systems prevented 17.4 million drug errors that year.

The researchers found, however, that only one in three acute care hospitals had computerized entry systems by 2008. Larger, urban and teaching hospitals were most likely to have such systems.

About 40 percent of hospitals with electronic ordering systems used the system to process 90 percent of their drug orders, while 42 percent of the hospitals used it less than half the time.

"Despite [computerized order entry] systems' effectiveness at preventing medication errors, adoption and use in U.S. hospitals remains modest," wrote researcher Lauren Olsho of Abt Associates in Cambridge, Mass., and colleagues. They added that there is "great potential" for these systems to further reduce drug errors.

"If all U.S. hospitals adopted [computerized entry] systems, assuming constant implementation levels of around 60 percent, 51 million medication errors per year could be averted compared with what would have been expected without [these systems]," the study authors said.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers advice about medication safety.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, news release, Feb. 20, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Study: Women not getting enough exercise; at risk of developing metabolic syndrome
2. Study: Insomnia takes toll on tinnitus patients
3. Study: No link between depression, nasal obstruction
4. Study: More Pre-Teens Get Vaccines When Middle Schools Require Them
5. Study: Kids Who Sleep in Parents Bed Less Likely to Be Overweight
6. OHSU study: Misdiagnosis of MS is costing health system millions per year
7. UW study: Sleep apnea associated with higher mortality from cancer
8. Study: Heart damage after chemo linked to stress in cardiac cells
9. STeleR study: Telerehab improves functioning after stroke
10. Study: Willingness to be screened for dementia varies by age but not by sex, race or income
11. Study: 21 percent of newly admitted nursing home residents sustain a fall during their stay
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Study: Electronic Prescribing Cuts Medication Errors
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and ... explains one of the most popular and least understood books in the Holy Scriptures, ... puzzling descriptions that have baffled scholars for centuries. Many have tossed it off as ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... services for healthcare compliance program management, will showcase a range of technology and ... for Assisted Living (NCAL) Convention and Expo to be held October 14–18, 2017 ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... The American College of Medical Informatics ... PhD, FACMI, during the Opening Session of AMIA’s Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C. AMIA’s ... of Morris F. Collen, a pioneer in the field of medical informatics, this prestigious ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Leading pediatric oncology experts at Children’s National Health System ... Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) Oct. 12-15. Chaired by ... and Blood Disorders at Children’s National, and Stephen P. Hunger, M.D., Chief of ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Vohra Chief Medical Officer ... physician colleagues, skilled nursing facility medical directors and other clinicians at various events ... Care." , "At many of these conferences we get to educate other physicians, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/18/2017)... 2017 EpiVax, Inc. ("EpiVax") a ... immune engineering, today announced a new NIH-funded ... ... and presents a challenge for traditional flu ... be effective. Using state-of-the-art bioinformatics and molecular modeling methods, ...
(Date:9/12/2017)... NEW YORK , Sept. 12, 2017   EcoVadis , the ... chains, has published the first annual edition of its Global CSR Risk ... 20,400 companies evaluated by EcoVadis, based on Scorecard Ratings that analyzed nearly ... ... Performance Index ...
(Date:9/12/2017)... Sept. 12, 2017  ValGenesis Inc., the global ... is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. ... its Board of Directors and Chairman of Advisory ... life science companies to manage their entire validation ... paper in this process. Furthermore, ValGenesis VLMS enables ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: