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In the past several decades, technological advances have opened new possibilities for improving patient safety. Using technology to digitize healthcare processes has the potential to increase standardization and efficiency of clinical workflows and to reduce errors and cost across all healthcare settings.1 However, if technological approaches are designed or implemented poorly, the burden on clinicians can increase. For example, overburdened clinicians can experience alert fatigue and fail to respond to notifications. This can lead to more medical errors.
The cases described in this WebM&M reflect fragmented care with lapses in coordination and communication as well as failure to appropriately address medication discrepancies. These two cases involve duplicate therapy errors, which have the potential to cause serious adverse drug events.
Community pharmacists encounter a wide range of challenges to medication safety. This study used a novel prospective method of predicting errors and developing remedial solutions.
Kaplan A. NBC News. October 27, 2022.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute care edition. June 2, 2022;27(11):1-4.
Institute for Safe Medication Practices.