Reuters: Prescription Systems Cut Error Deaths

Reuter’s health is reporting that: ‘…Computerized prescription monitoring systems could drastically cut down on the number of medical errors in American hospitals, potentially saving tens of thousands of lives each year, a Harvard Medical School (news – web sites) official told health care executives Thursday. Computerized physician order entry (CPOE) systems have helped two Harvard hospitals more than halve their prescription error rate and have saved the facilities between $5 million and $10 million, according to Dr. David W. Bates, the chief of general medicine at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston…’

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