Assessing the accuracy of drug profiles in an electronic medical record system of a Washington state hospital.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES To determine the accuracy of patients' electronic medical record (EMR) drug profiles, to assess the relationship of copayment status with errors of commission and omission within drug profiles, and to evaluate the association between errors of commission in primary and secondary sections of the drug profiles. STUDY DESIGN Cross-sectional analysis of patients' EMR drug profiles at a 46-bed hospital in Washington state. METHODS Patients' drug profiles were compared against hospital staff interviews. Drug profiles listing each medication the patient was taking, without listing drugs the patient was not taking, exhibited perfect accuracy. We evaluated associations between errors of commission and omission, copayment status between errors of commission and omission, and associations between errors of commission in primary and secondary sections of the drug profiles. RESULTS Demographics of study patients are similar to previously published research, and accuracy outcomes seem to be better than those of previously published studies. Fifty-six percent of drug profiles in our study hospital exhibited perfect accuracy. Errors of commission and omission were unassociated with copayment status; errors of commission in the primary section of the drug profile were unassociated with errors of commission in the secondary section of the drug profile. CONCLUSIONS A medication reconciliation program may have led to a high rate of perfectly accurate drug profiles; while its purpose is to increase accuracy and to decrease errors, it may also assist in reducing adverse drug events. Results show that copayment amounts influence drug utilization; these may be associated with errors of commission and omission and not simply with copayment status.

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@article{Platte2010AssessingTA, title={Assessing the accuracy of drug profiles in an electronic medical record system of a Washington state hospital.}, author={Brett Platte and Fevzi Akinci and Yunus G{\"{u}ç}, journal={The American journal of managed care}, year={2010}, volume={16 10}, pages={e245-50} }