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2012-03-28 23:03:05

In the United States, people traditionally visit a hospital to heal; not to catch potentially fatal infections. With health care reform being debated in front of the United States Supreme Court, recent medical reports and findings posted at popular health-and wellness online portal BeWellBuzz.com have shown that in recent years, more people are developing fatal and near-fatal infections due to multiple reasons, causing many people to become skeptical about their next hospital visit. Las...

2012-03-21 14:07:12

Study finds video capture and other automated systems cut down medical errors USC Marshall study finds video capture and other automated systems cut down medical errors and minimize the tendency to operate outside normal procedures. The Conrad Murray case can obfuscate that the vast majority of grave medical errors happen in hospitals–the places we think are most safe–and are often the result of bad systems. Poor transmission of information and unmonitored interventions...

2012-02-21 11:42:06

Medication errors are common in primary care but the number of mistakes could be reduced significantly if GPs introduced an in-house pharmacist-led intervention scheme. These are the findings of a comprehensive study into sustainable ways of preventing patients from being harmed as a result of prescribing errors. The research was led by Tony Avery, Professor of Primary Health Care in the School of Community Health Sciences at The University of Nottingham and funded by the Patient Safety...

2012-02-07 21:07:58

Despite a national mandate to implement electronic health records and computer order entry systems (CPOE) by 2014, only approximately 30 percent of hospitals nationwide have done so and around 40 percent of hospitals in the state of Massachusetts have made this transition.  New research from Brigham and Women's Hospital examined the impact of a vendor-developed CPOE in five community hospitals in Massachusetts and found that these CPOE systems are effective at reducing drug-related...

2012-02-01 09:21:20

A study published in this week's PLoS Medicine shows that commercial electronic prescribing systems (commonly known as e-prescribing, in which prescribers use a computer to order medications for their patients through a system with the help of prompts, aids, and alerts) could substantially reduce prescribing error rates in hospital in-patients. In the study, led by Professor Johanna Westbrook from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, the authors studied the introduction...

2012-02-01 07:09:42

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Over 770,000 people are injured or die each year in hospitals from adverse drug events (ADEs).  Estimates say that 28 percent to 95 percent of ADEs can be prevented by reducing medication errors through computerized monitoring systems.  A recent study has found that commercial electronic prescribing systems (commonly known as e-prescribing, in which prescribers use a computer to order medications for their patients through a system with the help of prompts,...


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