Journal Article

Time-dependent drug–drug interaction alerts in care provider order entry: software may inhibit medication error reductions.

van der Sijs H, Lammers L, van den Tweel A, et al. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA. 2009;16:864-8.

Alerts within a computerized provider order entry system were not able to prevent medication errors resulting from drug–drug interactions. The authors hypothesize that the inadequacy of the alerts themselves was responsible for this failure, with problems including an excessive number of false-positive alerts and unclear instructions for preventing drug interactions.