System Refinements to EHRs Could Lower Prescribing Errors, Study Finds

New electronic health record systems with refinements, such as advanced clinical decision support, could lead to lower prescribing error rates over time, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

For the study, researchers analyzed 1,905 prescriptions made by 16 physicians at an academic-affiliated ambulatory clinic from April to June 2010. They analyzed prescriptions made before and after the clinic had transitioned to a newer EHR system with more refinements, including prescribing support.

According to the study, over time and with system refinements, EHRs could lead to fewer prescribing errors, however, more serious errors may require targeted interventions. The study also found that providers appreciated most system refinements.

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