Hospital sees value of error-prevention systems

08/9/2009 | San Francisco Chronicle

Studies show that computerized provider order entry systems and other technologies designed to reduce or prevent medication errors are not being used in most U.S. hospitals, due in large part to their high costs. Ascension Health, a hospital system in St. Louis, found that error-prevention technologies, though costly, helped reduce the overall mortality rate by 21% in the first year.

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