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Am J Hosp Pharm. 1994 Sep 1;51(17):2131-8.

Computerized documentation of pharmacists' interventions.

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  • 1Department of Pharmacy, University of Virginia Health Sciences Center (UVaHSC), Charlottesville.


A computerized system for documenting interventions, developed by the pharmacy department at a 695-bed tertiary care university teaching hospital, is described. A computerized system was developed to better gain the needed details on pharmacists' recommendations, to capture a greater number of such recommendations, and to prepare for recent changes in standards of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Only clinically important recommendations or those that involve cost savings are documented. Data can be entered and retrieved from any medical information system terminal in the hospital, and each entry becomes part of the patient's permanent record. A hard copy of all recommendations and a data file are generated daily. Analysis of the data has provided numerous opportunities for improving both patient care and the quality of pharmaceutical services. The system has been well received by pharmacists and has resulted in physician support of pharmacists' recommendations, as well as substantial cost savings. A convenient, easy-to-use computerized program for reporting interventions has helped a pharmacy department conduct departmental and institutional quality assurance activities and decrease costs.

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