The 75 hospitals and 460-plus clinics of the Military Health System will join in a nationwide anonymous database for reporting and tracking medication errors, drug standards-setting organization United States Pharmacopeia says.
USP, based in Rockville, Md., on Thursday said it secured a five-year, $3 million contract with the Department of Defense for military healthcare facilities to participate in MedMarx, USP's Internet-accessible national error reporting system. The contract includes training for MHS personnel on the MedMarx system.
"By joining MedMarx, DoD realizes the importance of the program and its ability to ultimately improve patient safety and care," MedMarx program director Jeff Silverstone, a USP pharmacist, says in a written statement.
Officials with the Military Health System and its Tricare managed care affiliate were not immediately available for comment or to confirm details of the contract.
According to USP, MedMarx allows hospitals and health systems to identify sources of errors, take corrective action and track the efficacy of error-prevention programs. The system takes on 20,000 new records per month from 650 U.S. healthcare facilities now participating, the organization says.
USP says it will release its fourth annual MedMarx data report, a review of medication errors reported during 2002, on Nov. 18.