With the advent of EHRs and digital health technology, health systems are looking to reduce those interactions by pinpointing when they can occur and giving clinicians on-demand access to information to prevent them. But that technology depends on understanding how clinicians prescribe drugs and how they look for dangerous interactions.
Experts point to a holistic approach integrating pharmacists into primary care teams and comprehensive medication management that assesses each patient’s medications for appropriateness, effectiveness, safety, and adherence. This whole person model leads not only to patient safety improvement and better outcomes, but improved ROI as well.
The DEA and Health and Human Services Department will publish the extension in the Federal Register this week. The decision comes after two public listening sessions last month and a public comment period on proposed telemedicine rules that garnered more than 38,000 comments, many of them critical.
Keeping individuals on track with their medications remains a challenge for many physician practices. Historically, this was the case for my practice as well. Much of our patient population has chronic conditions, with many having more than one.
ASHP has released the findings of a new survey on drug shortages. The survey, which was conducted from June 23 to July 14, features data collected from more than 1,000 ASHP members.
Alert fatigue, burnout, short staffing, and more: The pressure on providers grows in intensity and complexity every day. But a new technology enabling clinical decision support alert optimization is making strides toward reducing medication alert fatigue, cutting back on overrides, and offering greater avoidance of harmful medication use.
Pfizer is asking customers to exhaust other supply sources before ordering 12 sterile injectable drugs from the company as it continues to assess its ability to produce the drugs following a tornado that severely damaged one of its manufacturing plants in North Carolina.
On episode 79 of PSQH: The Podcast, Susan Montminy, risk management director at Coverys, talks about how to reduce medication safety risks and improve patient safety.
Adverse events pose risks to patients and can heighten feelings of stress nurses already face. A recent study of nurse-related malpractice claims indicated that 47% involved a patient death or a high level of injury and accounted for 77% of the nursing indemnity paid. Overall, nursing events were 13% more costly than non-nursing events.
No matter how advanced medicine gets, mortality from medical errors still exists. Luckily, clinicians have a powerful assistant—clinical decision support software (CDSS)—and this direction in hospital management software development is gaining momentum.