The Department of Veterans Affairs remains a world leader in patient safety and the use of technology in preventing errors associated with prescription drugs.
All VA medical centers utilize a bar-coded wristband system to make sure the right patient gets the right medication in the right dose at the right time. This system is integrated with VA's electronic health records, and the results are stunning. VA prescribes medication to patients with an accuracy rate of 99.993%, a standard that simply does not exist anywhere else in American healthcare.
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