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Best practices: an electronic drug alert program to improve safety in an accountable care environment.

Griesbach S, Lustig A, Malsin L, et al. J Manag Care Spec Pharm. 2016;21(4):330-336.

This study of a quality improvement initiative found that automated screening of prescribing data uncovered many potential adverse drug events. Prescribers were notified about these safety concerns, and almost 80% of these potential adverse drug events were resolved through prescription changes. The extent of patient harm which occurred or was averted was not reported. This work suggests that real-time data from electronic prescribing could be harnessed to improve patient safety, as others have suggested.