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

or improving the technology and health care practices."

Researchers from the Center for Patient Safety Research and the Quantros Patient Safety Center, a federally certified Patient Safety Organization at Quantros, will investigate about 200,000 MEDMARX records where CPOE was listed as a contributing factor. The research will focus on such topics as:

  • Creating descriptive statistics to analyze the drugs, dosing issues, prescribing and dispensing issues, outcomes and other contributing factors identified by the reporters of CPOE-related errors
  • Extracting insights from report narratives to better understand the nature and mechanism of the reported CPOE-related errors and how better designed systems might have prevented them, and
  • Developing and testing a new classification for CPOE-related errors and process failure modes to collect more useful data.

Investigators will also test vulnerability of leading CPOE systems. "Although use of CPOE reduces adverse drug events significantly, there is still room for improvement. This project is about understanding how to further improve CPOE by applying new knowledge from such studies," said Ali Rashidee, MD, MS, Quantros Director for Safety and Risk Management and a principal investigator on the project.

The research project comes amid planned adoption, which holds great promise, of new electronic medical record systems in hospitals and physician offices nationwide, fueled by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), noted Sanjaya Kumar, MD, CEO and Chief Medical Officer at Quantros.

"Our goal is that we use our safety data to understand and provide feedback for furthering point of care systems, such as CPOE systems, so they can be improved upon and made sa
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