Computerized order entry systems could soon be in place in many hospitals in Indiana. These will make patient record-keeping more efficient, and enhance patient safety. However, a new study shows that they may also have some unintended consequences that could be deadly for patients.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania were studying whether the systems would be able to catch and prevent a deadly combination of drugs from being prescribed. The combination included the anticlotting medication warfarin and an antibiotic. They found that the system was able to work effectively and prevent the combination from pre-prescribed. However, there were at least four cases in the study where this combination of drugs was actually necessary for the patient, but the system wouldn’t’ allow it.