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Pharmacists Comparing Labels

Reducing Errors from Look-Alike, Sound-Alike Medication Names: The Role of Indications

Corporate Perspective, Information Systems
Thursday, October 4, 2018 by Christine Cheng, PharmD

Medication names that look or sound similar are problematic because they can be easily confused with each other. Examples of look-alike, sound-alike (LASA) medication names include hydralazine-hydroxyzine, Keflex-Keppra, metronidazole-metformin, Zyprexa-Zyrtec and Actonel-Actos. At least one out of every 1,000 prescriptions in the United States is associated with a wrong-medication error, and name confusion is thought to be a key cause. Read more...

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Seniors and Pill Bottles

Getting Medications Out of the Bottle: The Importance of Patient Engagement

Corporate Perspective, Transformational Change, Information Systems
Monday, June 25, 2018 by Charles Lee, MD

Patient engagement is defined by the Center for Advancing Health as “actions individuals must take to obtain the greatest benefit from the health care services available to them.” Certainly, such engagement is essential when it comes to one of the most important patient actions of all: taking medications. After all, as a Yoruba proverb says: “Medicine left in the bottle can’t help.” Read more...

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Healthcare Supply chain

Repair Hospital Supply Chain Data Breaks to Protect Patient Safety

Corporate Perspective, Transformational Change, Information Systems
Monday, February 5, 2018 by Lee Ann McWhorter

Today’s medical device data is far more likely to be inaccurate, unclear, and unreliable. And that’s entirely unacceptable when you consider the vast range of users who rely on this knowledge to identify, source, manage, document, track, and bill for millions of device options. Read more...

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Data Scientist

Artificial Intelligence in Health IT – Catalyst for Change?

Corporate Perspective, Information Systems, Transformational Change
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 by Josh Young

We recently interviewed FDB's Director of Software Engineering Joshua Young about the application of artificial intelligence in healthcare. What follows are highlights from that interview. Read more...

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Pharmacists Comparing Labels

Drug Labeling Inconsistencies Abound Regarding Sulfites As Preservatives

Corporate Perspective, Information Systems
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 by Helena Dummler, PharmD

Our society’s focus on natural and organic products that promote health has directed scrutiny to chemicals used as preservatives. What is the issue with preservatives? Read more...

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