Healthcare technology used to improve patient care was a prominent factor for Leapfrog's list of top hospitals in 2011. When comparing hospitals, Leapfrog noted where staff used IT for quality measures, especially in prevention of medication errors.
Each hospital also used CPOE for at least 75 percent of their inpatient medication orders (excluding emergency departments). "Medication errors are the number-one error that happens in hospitals," Binder said. "CPOE is directly effective in helping to reduce that," said Leapfrog CEO Leah Binder.
Clinical decision support is an essential feature in a CPOE system. Creating and maintaining the balance between ensuring patient safety, providing safe prescribing guidelines, while at the same time avoiding alert fatigue is a complex task. In our webinar on March 7, "Clinical Decision Support Options in a CPOE System,"
Lolita G. White, PharmD will review clinical decision support options and provide information needed to promote safe practices. An evaluation model for assessing and avoiding alert fatigue will also be presented. Register today!
Pharmacists are already vigilant about checking for potential medication errors. In fact, a pharmacy professor from Purdue University created an iPad application that checks for problematic side effects when a patient picks up medication. The 5 question checklist catches up to 60 percent of known side effects with 200 commonly prescribed medications. After completing the checklist, the application shows the patient which side effects are most likely, allowing for further consultation by the pharmacist.
Clinicians at Mercy Medical Center in Iowa combine the efficiency of electronic clinical surveillance with the mobility of an iPad. Their infection prevention staff can access
Sentri7 on their iPads during rounds instead of physically looking for isolation rooms, and their pharmacists use Sentri7 to find opportunities for intervention -- eliminating paperwork and giving both teams valuable time for patient care. Read more.
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