Journal Article

Reduced verification of medication alerts increases prescribing errors.

Lyell D; Magrabi F; Coiera E.

This simulation study compared medical students' performance of electronic prescribing with and without clinical decision support. Students were less likely to access outside references to verify that medications were safe when decision support was in place, even when the decision support was incorrect. The authors conclude that electronic prescribing should be redesigned to facilitate external verification of medication safety.