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Medication Errors Cut in Half Through Use of Computer Data Entry

Posted by Mark Abramson on February 22, 2013

Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association reveals that medication errors were cut by 48% in 2008 through the use of computerized provider order entry (CPOE) system. 

According to Medscape, "The Institute of Medicine estimated in 2007 that the average hospital patient is subject to 1 medication error each day. Dr. Radley and colleagues sought to provide a baseline national estimate of how many medication errors were averted when hospitals adopted CPOE. Rather than hand writing the name of a medication, which can be misinterpreted, CPOE allows clinicians to choose the medicine and dose from drop-down menus aided by automatic prompts that flag potential harmful drug interactions. The researchers focused on 2008, which is the year before Congress provided $20 billion to help build a national health information technology infrastructure aimed at improving safety and health care quality.

Dr. Radley and colleagues performed a meta-analysis of published studies to estimate the benefit of CPOE systems. They calculated that CPOE use dropped medication error rates by approximately 48%."

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