EHR Prescribing Error Rates Improve with Time and System Refinements

November 1, 2013 | Evaluations & Guidance


A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Associationfound that the rates of prescribing errors at an ambulatory clinic dropped significantly after the clinic transitioned from a locally developed electronic health record (EHR) system with minimal clinical decision support for prescribing to a commercial EHR with a robust clinical decision support system.

The study examined the prescriptions and charts of 16 physicians over a two-week period from April to June 2010, two years after the transition between EHRs. The authors analyzed prescriptions from this period and compared the prescribing error rate to those obtained (1) before the transition, (2) 12 weeks after the transition, and (3) one year after the transition. They found that error rates were significantly lower two years after the transition (3.8 errors per 100 prescriptions)...

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