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PSNet: Patient Safety Network
Journal Article

Electronic prescribing within an electronic health record reduces ambulatory prescribing errors.

Dupree E, Anderson R, McEvoy MD, et al. Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety. 2011;37:447-55.

This community-based study found a significant reduction in medication prescribing errors after introduction of a computerized provider order entry system, compared with providers who continued to use paper-based prescriptions. Prescribing errors are a primary patient safety concern in ambulatory care.