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CPOE-related errors focus of new study

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted May 10, 2010

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The National Patient Safety Foundation has awarded a grant to the Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. The grant funds activity to study errors associated with computerized prescription order entry systems.

Researchers will look at approximately 200,000 records of errors for which CPOE was listed as a contributing factor. The study is set to focus on the nature of the errors and how better-designed systems could have prevented them. Researchers said they also will develop a new classification for CPOE-related errors so that more useful data can be collected.

The research comes at a time when many hospitals and health care systems are in the process of adopting CPOE systems to qualify for meaningful use incentives made available under the 2009 stimulus package.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2010/05/10/bibf0510.htm.

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