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Electronic Prescribing and Monitoring Are Needed to Improve Drug Use

Edward P. Armstrong, PharmD; Elizabeth A. Chrischilles, MS, PhD
Arch Intern Med. 2000;160(18):2713-2714. doi:10.1001/archinte.160.18.2713.
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ELECTRONIC PRESCRIBING is introducing significant changes in how drugs are used and monitored. Sophisticated computer programs are being tested that will improve clinician prescribing practices and enhance the monitoring of patients with chronic diseases. Such technology will open up an exciting frontier in which to improve the quality of care, to reduce medication errors, and to potentially decrease long-term health care costs. Computerized medication order entry is an extremely powerful method that can be used to advance and refine the process of prescribing medications.

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