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Meaningful use shows promise in cutting adverse drug events

from By Pamela Lewis Dolan

Hospitals that adopted electronic health record systems featuring all five of the meaningful use program's stage 1 medication management functions had fewer adverse drug events compared with hospitals that have not yet implemented those features, according to a recent study in the American Journal of Managed Care. The findings revealed that the advanced medication systems not only improved patient safety by 63 percent, but also helped save the hospitals $4,790 per each adverse drug event that was averted. more

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