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Prescription order systems in Ohio

Much of the medical community has adopted computerized-physician-order-entry systems that are designed to cut down on medication errors, such as incorrect dosages and prescribing patients medications that they are allergic to. Medication errors are the third-leading cause of death, so it's important that systems are put in place to keep them from happening. However, it appears that these new computerized systems aren't helping as much as they were expected to.

A non-profit organization, the Leapfrog Group, worked with Castlight Health to analyze data from a survey of nearly 1,800 hospitals. Researchers found that most had adopted new computer systems and software to input prescriptions, but these systems missed about 40 percent of harmful drug orders, and 13 percent of those orders could have resulted in a patient's death.

The Agency for Healthcare Research, a federal organization, found that about one in every 20 patients are harmed due to medications, and half of those situations are avoidable. Since computer systems alone do not seem to be resolving medication errors, it is up to hospitals to adopt procedures that double check prescription orders on top of what a computer system does.

A medication error can have severe consequences for a patient, but it is just one of many examples of medical malpractice. If a doctor fails to correctly diagnose a patient or do so in a timely manner or if a procedure is completed in an incorrect or negligent manner, medical malpractice may have been committed. If an individual or their family member believes they have been the victim of malpractice, a lawyer could assist them in finding out what occurred and let them know what their legal options are.

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