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Slide Presentation from the AHRQ 2007 Annual Conference

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Research Conclusions

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  • The Everett Clinic / University of Washington a valuable partnership
  • Medication errors
    • e-prescribing reduces medication errors
    • eliminates types of errors (illegibility, abbreviations)
    • introduces new types of errors (picking errors)
    • standardizes care / reduce unnecessary variation
    • data available to optimize quality & lower cost of prescribing
  • Time-motion workload / workflow
    • e-prescribing has minimal impact on prescriber time (12 seconds per event)
  • Workload
  • 95% of prescriptions written electronically
  • Number of monthly chart pulls decreased from
    • 5,800 (2003) to 650 (2007)—9-fold reduction
  • Focus groups
    • impact beneficial—users do not wish to go back to paper-based prescribing

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