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University Hospitals and OnCallData Launch New Portal Combining State-of-the- Art Electronic Prescribing and Medication Reconciliation
Date:1/15/2009

CLEVELAND, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Adverse prescription-drug reactions cost the United States healthcare system $136 billion annually, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and put numerous patients at risk for debilitating long-term health effects or even death.

In a major step forward to prevent adverse drug reactions, University Hospitals (UH) in Cleveland has launched a state-of-the-art physicians' computer portal that combines electronic prescription writing with medication reconciliation.

Dr. Nathan Levitan, president of the UH Ireland Cancer Center who championed development of this portal, said, "Our new system is now an electronic 'single source of truth' list of medications and allergies for every patient."

"Patients who see more than one physician on an outpatient basis and also are taking several medications know that each physician has a slightly different understanding of what medications the patients are taking. In fact, each physician keeps a medication list in the patients' charts, and there's no way to achieve uniformity among them. Therefore, it is not surprising that patients often become confused about their medication regimens and complications occur as a result of medication interactions and allergic reactions."

In the UH Physician Portal, each patient's list of medications and notes of changes in medications resides in a highly secure portal, and every physician involved in the care of a particular patient works from an identical, centralized list of medications and allergies.

With this new system, if one physician makes a change in the medication regimen or list of allergies, every other physician involved in the care of this patient is made aware. If two medications on the list cannot be safely taken together, everyone is alerted. If a physician attempts to prescribe a drug to which the patient is allergic, the system "s
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