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National Patient Safety Foundation Awards Grant to Research Safety of Computerized Ordering of Medications
Date:4/26/2010

BOSTON, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Although federal lawmakers have committed tens of billions of dollars to incentivize health systems and providers to use electronic information systems to improve patient care, thousands of potentially serious medication errors have been tied to use of computerized ordering of medications.

The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) has awarded a highly competitive research grant to the Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School to research errors reported as being associated with computerized prescriber order entry (CPOE). Quantros, Inc., the Silicon Valley-based software company that manages MEDMARX, will partner with the Center on the year-long project. MEDMARX, initially developed by US Pharmacopeia (USP), now owned and managed by Quantros, is a Web-based solution that collects anonymous reports of medication errors. MEDMARX contains more than 1.5 million reports and is now the largest adverse drug event database in the world.

"The overriding goal is to better understand CPOE the technology that has been proven to improve medication safety and evaluate potential problems to make sure that we identify and uproot those problems in the best possible ways," said Gordon Schiff, MD, the Center's associate director and principal investigator of the project. "The overarching goal is to learn from the experiences of people out on the front lines who are using CPOE systems as to some of the potential problems so their efforts in reporting, which is a very important part of our patient safety infrastructure. The rich data from such reports needs to be aggregated across the hundreds of reporting hospitals and analyzed for recurring preventable factors that can be targeted f
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