August 4, 2023 / Trends
How Healthcare Software is Helping to Reduce Medication Errors
Medication errors present a major healthcare issue, causing patient harm, increased costs, and legal consequences. In the US, about 100,000 people die each year due to these errors.
Healthcare software is increasingly vital in preventing such mistakes. By automating tasks, issuing alerts, and analyzing data, it fosters a safer patient care environment. Here are instances of how it helps cut medication errors:
Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE)
Computerized provider order entry (CPOE) is the method through which healthcare providers input and transmit instructions for treatments, including orders for medication, laboratory tests, and radiology procedures, using a computer application as opposed to traditional means like paper, fax, or telephone.
Barcoded Medication Administration (BCMA)
Barcoded Medication Administration (BCMA) systems use barcodes to identify patients and medications, which can help to prevent errors caused by misidentification. BCMA systems can also generate alerts if a medication is not administered on time or if the wrong medication is administered.
Electronic medication records (EMRs)
Electronic medication records (EMRs) store information about a patient’s current and past medications, including the name, dosage, frequency, and route of administration of each medication. They may also store information about the patient’s allergies, drug interactions, and adverse drug reactions.
Medication error reporting systems (MERSs)
Medication error reporting systems (MERSs) are a way for healthcare professionals to report medication errors to a central repository. This information can be used to identify patterns of errors, develop interventions to prevent future errors, and improve patient safety.
Medication decision support systems (MDSSs)
Medication decision support systems (MDSSs) are computer-based systems that provide healthcare professionals with real-time information and suggestions to help them make better medication decisions. MDSSs can be used to identify potential drug interactions, alert providers to allergies and adverse drug reactions, recommend alternative medications, generate medication administration reminders, and provide patients with access to their own medication information.
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