Electronic Medical Records Cut Medication Errors for HIV Hospital Patients
October 23, 2012
Researchers at IDWeek 2012 have stated that the use of electronic medical records (EMR) technology has reduced medication errors among hospitalized HIV patients from 16 percent to 1.1 percent, a 93 percent reduction. Jean Lee, Pharm.D., clinical pharmacist for HIV medicine at St. Mary's Health Care in Grand Rapids, Mich., states that patients living with HIV who are hospitalized for non-HIV illnesses often experience errors with their medication, likely because of the complexity of their antiretroviral regimens and the lack of familiarity with these among hospital staff. Lee and colleagues reported on results of a small EMR study of 20 patients at IDWeek 2012. Lee noted that the use of EMR "improved patient safety and showed a financial benefit" of approximately $25,000 for the hospital.
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