Electronic alerts may prevent substantial number of prescribing errors

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

September 16, 2009

Electronic alerts were found to make a significant impact on the number of potential e-prescribing errors, finds a study in the September 14 Archives of Internal Medicine. Researchers wanted to see if decision support for electronic prescribing is truly helpful, given that ambulatory care clinicians override as many as 91% of drug interaction alerts.

The researchers found that electronic alerts about potential drug interactions did, in fact, reduce the number of potential medical errors and reduce costs associated with prescribing medications. Specifically, researchers suggested that because only a few alerts accounted for the largest benefit to prescribers, less important alerts should be eliminated.

To read more about this study, click here.