For the study, researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital compared the administration of medications before and after bar codes were added to the hospital's electronic health record system (Reinberg, HealthDay/Businessweek, 5/5).Click here to access the iHealthBeat.com article. Click here to access the NEJM article on this study.
The researchers found that after bar code technology was added to EHRs, patients were:
- 57% less likely to receive the wrong drug;
- 42% less likely to receive the wrong dose;
- 61% less likely to receive a drug when none had been prescribed; and
- 27% less likely to receive a drug at the wrong time.
Thursday, May 06, 2010
EHR bar code technology decreases medication errors
From the iHealthBeat.com article: