Electronic interventions can have an impact on adverse drug events and medication errors, according to results of a new study.
Researchers publishing in the Archives of Internal Medicine found the risk of any eventincluding errors and potential and preventable adverse drug eventswas 34% lower among outpatients who were given medications in special containers and greater pharmacist, physician and nurse interactions. The containers enabled providers to electronically monitor whether patients were adhering to cardiovascular prescription orders. In addition, a pharmacist used a computer that had been integrated into an electronic health record to monitor both prescription and nonprescription drugs. A computer program used triggers to alert the presence of a drug event, and a trained nurse abstractor verified whether an event had actually occurred.
Direct pharmacist interaction with the patient improved adherence to medication instructions, and the mitigated number of adverse drug events and errors were primarily because of interactions with doctors and nurses, the researchers said.