This engineering student is helping hospitals steer clear of medicine mistakes

It's crucial that clinicians know which medications their patients have been taking. That's why Kory Kasey, an engineering student at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, created a system to help avoid medication- and prescription-related errors, according to

With help from Guntersville, Ala.-based Marshall Medical Center and UAH's Office of Operational Excellence, Mr. Kasey created a system that cross-references four sources — the patient interview, the hospital's records, the list of medicines brought by the patient and a database of prescriptions from nearby pharmacies — to ensure prescription accuracy.

Mr. Kasey, who's an intern in the quality department at Marshall Medical Centers, will be taking his creation to a Vizient-sponsored conference in Las Vegas next month to discuss his findings.

That's not all Mr. Kasey has done for Marshall Medical Center. He's also done work on a call center scheduling program and a supply chain management system.

Though he's trained as an engineer, Mr. Kasey's experience at Marshall Medical Center has helped him find his dream career path. "I definitely want to stay in healthcare," he told

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