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Levinson DR. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General; January 2015. Report No. OEI-01-13-00400.
A widely-reported meningitis outbreak in the United States uncovered quality and safety issues associated with the use of compounded sterile preparations. This publication describes an analysis of five accreditation organizations and their ability to provide oversight and inspection of Medicare hospitals that contract with compounding entities. The authors offer recommendations to help hospitals determine if their compounded sterile preparations contracts ensure products are prepared safely for use, including targeted training for surveyors related to compounding and improved contracting processes.
Journal Article > Government Resource
de Boer M, Boeker EB, Ramrattan MA, et al. Int J Clin Pharm. 2013;35:744-752.
Dixon BE, Zafar A, for AHRQ National Resource Center for Health IT. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; January 2009. AHRQ Publication No. 09-0031-EF.
This report summarizes findings from interviews with AHRQ-funded grantees who have implemented computerized provider order entry systems.
Dixon BE, Hook JM, McGowan JJ, for AHRQ National Resource Center for Health IT. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; December 2008. AHRQ Publication No. 09-0012-EF.
Telehealth is a rapidly expanding approach of adopting technology to deliver health care services and information that improves the quality, safety, access, efficiency, and costs of care. Although the evidence that telehealth achieves these aims is still lacking, this report outlines AHRQ's health information technology portfolio, which funded a number of programs to evaluate this promising technology and approach. The report findings are based on interviews with lead investigators. It discusses the scope of the projects funded, the technical challenges faced, the organizational and cultural issues encountered, and the opportunities ahead.
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Decisionmaker Brief. AHRQ Publication No: 08-0085, August 2008. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.
This document summarizes the experience of numerous AHRQ-funded programs in implementing bar-coded medication administration.
PA-PSRS Patient Saf Advis. May 2007;4(suppl 2):1-8.
This article shares findings from a workgroup that assessed the efficacy of pharmacy computer systems in detecting unsafe medication orders. The 30 Pennsylvania hospitals that participated in the workgroup found that their systems were not catching all unsafe orders.