25 Feb '13, 7pm

IT Hiccups of the Week: At least 17.4 Million U.S. Medication Errors Avoided by Hospital Computerized Provider...

This past week has seen a hodgepodge of IT-related uff das, glitches and snarls. However, we are going to start this week off with millions of human errors avoided by IT. Computerized Provider Order Entry Systems Avoid an Estimated 17.4 Million Medication Errors Per Year Last week, the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA ) published a study that estimated the reduction in medication errors in U.S. hospitals that could reasonably be attributed to their computerized provider order entry (CPOE) systems. The study’s authors said that they “conducted a systematic literature review and applied random-effects meta-analytic techniques” to develop a “pooled estimate” of the effects of CPOEs on medication errors. They then took this estimate and combined it “with data from the 2006 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Annual Survey , the 2007 Amer...

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