E-prescribing and Alerts

One of the possible advantages of an EMR system is that you can have your EMR tell you of potential interactions between drugs prescribed to a patient or even Drugs that can’t be given because of certain allergies. This is a great feature, but there are cases where the suggestion needs to be ignored. How do you handle that in an EMR is an important question and what liability does a clinic have if a doctor decides to ignore it?

A recent article described a good study that was done and gave some good ideas. Here some important points I found from the study:

-Quality alerts will be used by Doctors, espescially when they are specific
-Doctors often have to ignore the alert since the patient needs the medication

I also really like how they did the study by forcing doctors to give a reason why they are ignoring the alert. I think that could significantly help with liability problems.

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

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