Algorithm to the Rescue: New Computer Program Reduces Medication Discrepancies

May 06, 2015

Researchers have developed an automated algorithm that shows promise in reducing manual medication discrepancies for patients being discharged from the hospital, which is a significant cause of adverse clinical impact. Reporting their results in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making,Yizhao Ni of the Division of Biomedical Informatics and others from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center report development of a new computerized algorithm to detect medication discrepancies. These unintentional errors—which can include incorrect drug type, dosage or frequency—have the potential to cause significant clinical impact on patients up to 90 percent of the time, according to researchers. Access the paper.