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Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches (Vol. 4: Technology and Medication Safety)

Editors: Kerm Henriksen, PhD, James B Battles, PhD, Margaret A Keyes, MA, and Mary L Grady, BS.

Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US); .
Publication No.: 08-0034-4


This volume comprises papers devoted to the development and use of technology—principally health information technology (health IT)—and strategies to enhance medication safety, both of which are critical to improving the delivery of safe, effective health care.

We are already using health IT in a number of ways: to help prevent medical errors, including adverse drug events; reduce costs through streamlining processes and providing more targeted, efficient care; help patients manage their chronic illnesses; enhance the delivery of targeted, patient-centered care; measure provider and facility performance; and facilitate rapid access and dissemination of accurate medical information in the event of a public health emergency.

Health IT can provide access to real-time information to support clinical decisionmaking, promote evidence-based care, organize and streamline the referral process, facilitate the order entry process, and consolidate patient information into one easily accessible, accurate, and up to date source. The use and usefulness of health IT are evolving, and we certainly will see many new applications of health IT in the coming months and years. New forms of information packaging and presentation will be critical in helping health IT grow and develop as health care itself changes over time.


Suggested citation:

Henriksen K, Battles JB, Keyes MA, Grady ML, editors. Advances in patient safety: New directions and alternative approaches. Vol. 4. Technology and Medication Safety. AHRQ Publication No. 08-0034-4. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; August 2008.

Bookshelf ID: NBK43770PMID: 21249964


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