Computerized prescription entry and the automation of systems and processes in the pharmacy have reduced some causes of medication errors, such as those related to illegible prescriber handwriting and misinterpretation of written orders. Despite these benefits, these programs have the potential to create new and unique challenges. To assist pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in further understanding the impact of computerized prescription entry and health information technologies on medication safety, this article discusses the potential benefits and limitations of computerized prescription entry. This course covers the impact of medication errors on health-related outcomes and health care costs; the basis for the use of health information technology in an effort to minimize the risk of medication errors and improve patient safety; the impact of electronic prescribing (e-Prescribing) on medication errors in the community pharmacy setting; and the potential benefits and limitations of computerized prescription entry on medication safety.
This free CE from Powerpak is worth 2 CE hours and expires on October 31, 2016.
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