EHRs cut HIV medication errors by 93%

Electronic health records cut medication errors in hospitalized HIV patients from 16 percent to 1.1 percent, a 93 percent reduction, according to studies presented at ID Week and reported by Medpage Today. HIV patients who are admitted to the hospital for unrelated illnesses often suffer from medication errors, probably because of the hospital's lack of familiarity with HIV patients' complex drug regimens, according to the researchers, who studied patient outcomes. Most of the errors involve the timing of medications and frequency of dosages. Using EHRs not only reduced the error rate, it also saved the patients and the hospitals $25,000, according to the researchers. --Read the full article on FierceEMR