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Poon EG, Keohane CA, Yoon CS, et al. N Engl J Med. 2010;362:1698-1707.
Information technology solutions have proven effective at reducing some types of medication errors. For example, computerized provider order entry (CPOE) can reduce errors at the prescribing and transcription stages. Barcoding of medications has been advocated as a means of reducing medication administration errors; although some studies have found success, others have noted unintended consequences. This study tested a closed-loop system that combined CPOE, barcoding, and an electronic medication administration record in an academic medical center and found that the system significantly reduced administration errors as well as potential adverse drug events. The authors note that significant changes in workflow were necessary to achieve these results and caution that successful use of this technology requires considerable attention to development and implementation.
Anderson HJ. Health Data Manage. May 1, 2009;17:22.
This article discusses efforts to support medicine administration through various information technology techniques. It is second in a three-part series on patient safety and computerization.
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.