An unintended consequence of electronic prescriptions: prevalence and impact of internal discrepancies

@article{Palchuk2010AnUC,
  title={An unintended consequence of electronic prescriptions: prevalence and impact of internal discrepancies},
  author={Matvey B. Palchuk and Elizabeth A. Fang and Janet M. Cygielnik and Matthew Labreche and Maria Shubina and Harley Z. Ramelson and Claus Hamann and Carol A. Broverman and Jonathan S. Einbinder and Alexander Turchin},
  journal={Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA},
  year={2010},
  volume={17 4},
  pages={472-6}
}
Many e-prescribing systems allow for both structured and free-text fields in prescriptions, making possible internal discrepancies. This study reviewed 2914 electronic prescriptions that contained free-text fields. Internal discrepancies were found in 16.1% of the prescriptions. Most (83.8%) of the discrepancies could potentially lead to adverse events and many (16.8%) to severe adverse events, involving a hospital admission or death. Discrepancies in doses, routes or complex regimens were most… CONTINUE READING

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