e-Prescriptions Can Work, Consultants Contend
In response to a JAMA study that reported increases in some medication errors due to new computerized systems, health IT consultancy Capgemini releases recommendations on how to avoid problems.Until a study was released last month in the JAMA showing that the entry of patient prescriptions by doctors into a computerized system may actually increase certain types of medication errors, this health technology system seemed like a clear-cut benefit for health care providers and their patients. But now, given the negative conclusions of the Journal of American Medicine study, hospitals may be questioning their implementation of CPOE (computer physician order entry) systems. According to health IT consultancy Capgemini, last year more than one-fifth of hospitals already had CPOE systems in place. And about half of hospital IT executives surveyed in a recent HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) study cited CPOE systems as among the most important applications for them to implement within the next two years.
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