The Downstream Effects of Fractured Medication Data

November 17, 2021by PPN Marketing

Fractured Medication Data Infographic

In a time of electronic health records, e-prescribing, and cloud-based storage, it’s hard to believe that a patient’s medication history isn’t always readily available to providers within their clinical workflows. Yet fractured data from multiple sources, inconsistent terminology between different systems, and time-consuming manual entry all hinder the medication reconciliation process. Providers are frustrated, patients are at risk of preventable adverse drug events (ADEs), and hospitals are bearing responsibility for readmissions. This infographic explores how process inefficiencies and errors in the Emergency Department and at admission can jeopardize patient safety and hospital finances.


Fractured Medication Data


Source List:

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