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Grant Title: Impact of e-prescribing on patient safety and pharmacy workflow in community pharmacies
Grants Awarded Number
102
Status
Grant Complete, 2012
Organization
University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy
Location
Madison, Wisconsin
Grant Category
Pharmacy Management & Ownership
Keyword
ePrescribing
Grant Docs
CPF Synopsis | Poster
Journal
J Am Pharm Assoc
Objectives

Electronic prescribing, or e-prescribing, has been widely reported to improve safety, quality, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of the medication use process in community pharmacies. However, numerous anecdotal reports suggest that e-prescriptions present unintended prescribing errors that result in a significant time burden to pharmacists patient care activities. This project will be the first study to empirically and objectively characterize the interactions that pharmacists have with e-prescribing technology, so that we can shed light on the impact of e-prescribing on patient safety and pharmacy workflow. Accordingly, the specific aims are: 1. to discover the extent and significance of unintended prescribing errors associated with e-prescriptions, 2. to study the effect of e-prescribing on financial and workflow issues, 3. to characterize the information needs and mental recall required to effectively process e-prescriptions, and 4. to compare the different interfaces by which e-prescriptions are presented in pharmacies to identify design strengths and weaknesses. Results of this study may be used to identify effective interventions to support pharmacists interface with e-prescribing technology, and more importantly, inform national pharmacy associations and policy makers about the appropriate role of health information technology in the community setting.

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  • Applicant:
    Michelle Chui
    Pharm.D., Ph.D.
    University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy