The availability and reliability of health information in this area can be compromised by irregularities in data collection and patient-related documentation, while prescribing errors
resulting in ADRs, particularly those due to drug allergies, often result from poor medical record documentation.
The causes of and factors associated with prescribing errors
in hospital inpatients: A systematic review.
Kaushal and team found that among those who used e-prescribing, there was an almost seven-fold decrease in prescribing errors
after one year - from 42.
See "Characterization of prescribing errors
in an internal medicine clinic," by Dr.
are the most common errors and include wrong drug, form, dosage or frequency; wrong route; and contraindicated drug use and interaction (Fontan et al.
This recommendation was based on a belief held in the health profession that hospital pharmacists conduct more accurate medication histories than doctors, with a potential to reduce prescribing errors
and patient harm.
Today's automated systems can intercept 55% to 75% of prescribing errors
a large interdisciplinary library for efficient care plan preparation, automated medication dispensing, admissions/discharge/transfer formatting, staff scheduling, and a drug interactions/side effects data base that allows immediate detection of prescribing errors
In addition to reducing prescribing errors
and simplifying the prescribing process, E-Rx also enables providers to qualify for an additional 2% Medicare annual reimbursement amount.
And fewer prescribing errors
could save PS551million.
Charity Asthma UK said that prescribing errors
were detected in 47% of the deaths studied.
I am proud of our team for developing an e-prescribing application that has a proven ability to significantly reduce prescribing errors
," stated Michael Stearns, MD, president and CEO of e-MDs.
All grades of doctor, including consultants, made prescribing errors
and the highest error rate (10.
Incidents averted included prescribing errors
, development of deep vein thrombosis and internal bleeding following surgery.
Of these, 94 residents were the victims of incorrect labelling on medicines, and 100 were subject to prescribing errors
, including the wrong dose and not enough information on how the drug should be taken.