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ELECTRONIC ORDER ENTRY REDUCES MEDICATION ERRORS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Use of computers really does help reduce medication errors, Johns Hopkins research led by Geetha Jayaram has shown.

JAYARAM: We found that it eliminated all errors due to bad writing, which is a big problem for doctors. That was a huge reduction in number of errors. The system also offers us online training of what the dosage requirements are for a particular medication, or if a patient has certain allergies, or if that particular medication interacts badly with some other medication the patient is taking, so we found that many areas were changed because of the electronic order system, for the better.   :32

Jayaram says this system was especially helpful to psychiatric inpatients, who often have trouble communicating and may not notice if their medications are changed, as other patients often do. She believes such a system would be very helpful in all medical care delivery circumstances. At Johns Hopkins, Iím Elizabeth Tracey.


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