Computer aided prescribing: Computer aided prescribing is not panacea but can help

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7455.1565-c (Published 24 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1565
  1. Keith Farrar (Yfc06@dial.pipex.com), chief pharmacist1,
  2. Ann Slee, chief pharmacist2,
  3. Don Hughes, director of pharmacy3,
  4. Peter Marsh, technical director4,
  5. Carol Makin, clinical director4
  1. 1Wirral Hospital, Wirral CH49 5PE
  2. 2Glan Clywd Hospital, Rhyl LL18 5UJ
  3. 3Countess of Chester Hospital, Chester CH2 1UL
  4. 4Wirral Health Informatics Service, Wirral Hospital

    EDITOR—In his review of computer aided prescribing Ferner reminds us that computers are not a panacea for the elimination of error.1 However, our experience shows that electronic prescribing improves the legibility and completeness of prescriptions2 and can be tailored to reduce particular prescribing risks.3

    The perceived safety of …

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