With a potential industry-wide savings of almost $21 billion and an impact on more than seven million patient lives, preventing harmful medication error is a significant improvement opportunity for health systems. Also known as adverse drugs events (ADEs), harmful medication errors comprise about 37 percent of all medical harm. Approximately 50 percent of ADEs are preventable, making their reduction a highly impactable area of patient safety.
Current data and analytics workflow tools are making ADE surveillance, monitoring, and prevention increasingly more effective with four key capabilities:
Perspective surveillance for ADEs and identification of previously undescribed ADEs.
Identification of the root cause of many ADEs by drug class.
Prescription at appropriate doses for patients with compromised kidney or liver functions.
Identification of different types of harm to find causes.