Florida Hospital Uses Software to Prevent Medication Errors
To prevent medication errors, the Orlando-based Florida Hospital is using a Siemens Co. computer software program system designed to track and cross-reference patients' medications to ensure the drugs do not have a "negative interaction" with one another, the Orlando Business Journal reports. Called the "Medication Administration Record/Intravenous Administration Record," the software is currently used for inpatients, but the hospital eventually plans to track outpatients' medications. In addition to preventing errors, the software can chart patients' pain level and pain location, allowing nurses to determine if the prescribed medication is working (Lundine, Orlando Business Journal, 4/30).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.