♦ Nanji KC, et al. J Am Med Inform Assoc. June 29, 2011, http://jamia.bmj.com/content/early/2011/06/09/amiajnl-2011-000205.abstract.

About 12% of computer-generated prescriptions contained at least one error, many of which had the potential to harm patients, according to an analysis of 3,850 electronic prescriptions.

The federal government is offering financial incentives to health care providers to adopt electronic health records and implement electronic prescribing in the hopes of improving patient safety, efficiency and quality. However, electronic prescriptions have the potential to introduce new errors.

The aim of this study was to investigate the types, frequency and causes of errors associated with outpatient computer-generated prescriptions, and to identify strategies to reduce these errors.

A panel of independent clinicians reviewed prescriptions received by a pharmacy chain in three states during a four-week period. They classified medication errors by type and determined potential harm to patients.

Results showed 452 prescriptions (11.7%) contained errors, which is...

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