Meaningful Use Lowers Rate of Adverse Drug Events, Study Finds | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

Meaningful Use Lowers Rate of Adverse Drug Events, Study Finds

August 19, 2014
by Gabriel Perna
| Reprints

A new study from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) found that implementing meaningful use medication management measures leads to lower adverse drug events in hospitals.

Findings of the study were posted in Health IT Buzz Blog by Judy Murphy, R.N., the Director of the Office of Clinical Quality & Safety and Chief Nursing Officer at the Office for the National Coordinator of Health IT (ONC). The blog was co-written by Jon White, M.D. at AHRQ.

The study looked at Florida hospitals that had adopted the five core measures of meaningful use for adverse drug events. The researchers compared their adverse drug event rates to those that hadn't adopted all of the measures. 

The difference between the two was substantial. The difference between hospitals that had not adopted any of the five measures (a rate of 1.71 percent) and hospitals that had adopted all of them (a rate of 1.36 percent) is considered significant by the researchers. The average rate of adverse drug events in a hospital in Florida for the year of the study was 1.7 percent.

Further, at hospitals where physicians resisted the meaningful use measures for medication management, there was a 14 percent increase in adverse drug events over the course of the year. Hospitals where there was no resistance saw a 52 percent reduction in adverse drug events. Those who cited cost as a barrier to meaningful use had still reduced their adverse drug event rates by 35 percent.

Murphy notes that because the data was for hospitals in Florida at 2010, it's likely that more hospitals have adopted the medication management measures. It's unclear, she notes, if this has led to a lower adverse drug rate in hospitals across the board.

Recently, an article in The Boston Globe attempted to argue the opposite. The articles used examples where electronic health records (EHRs) led to adverse drug events. Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator for Health IT, wrote a letter to the newspaper taking exception to the article.

Read the source article at HealthIT.gov

Get the latest information on Health IT and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More

Topics

News

Epic Wins Labor Dispute in Closely Divided Supreme Court Decision

Epic Systems Corporation won a major labor-law ruling in the Supreme Court on Monday, centering around the extent of corporations’ right to force employees to sign arbitration agreements, and with a 5-4 ruling in its favor

Survey: Two-Thirds of Physician Practices Seeking Out Value-Based Care Consulting Firms

Most physician organizations are not prepared for the move to value-based care, and 95 percent CIOs of group practices and large clinics state they do not have the information technology or staff in-house needed to transform value-based care end-to-end, according to a recent Black Book Market Research.

Cumberland Consulting Buys LinkEHR, Provider of Epic Help Desk Services

Cumberland Consulting Group, a healthcare consulting and services firm, has acquired LinkEHR, which provides remote application support, including Epic help desk services.

Population Health Tool that Provides City-Level Data Expands to 500 Cities

A data visualization tool that helps city officials understand the health status of their population, called the City Health Dashboard, has now expanded to 500 of the largest cities in the U.S., enabling local leaders to identify and take action around the most pressing health needs in their cities and communities.

Trump will Nominate Acting VA Secretary Wilkie for Permanent Position

Just a day after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Cerner inked their $10 billion EHR (electronic health record) deal, President Trump said he would be nominating Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie for the permanent position.

ONC Names API Server Showdown Stage 2 Winner

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has named 1UpHealth as the Stage 2 winner of the “Secure API Server Showdown” challenge.