Community Medication Record project earns Health Data Management Editors
Medication error is a common threat to patient safety: it is estimated
that 7,000 patients die in the U.S. each year as a result of medication
errors an¬¬d a larger number require further treatment. The American
Hospital Association points to incomplete patient information –
including known allergies and current medications – as one of a
handful of principle causes.
Through a $50,000 Cardinal Health Grant, Atlantic General Hospital created
a software solution to link hospital and physician office medication and
allergy records and thus reduce these kinds of errors.
In recognition of this innovative solution, Atlantic General was recently
awarded the 2007 Health Data Management Editors Choice Award for small
and medium-sized hospitals at the Third Annual World Healthcare Innovation
and Technology Congress in Washington, D.C.
During the first phase of the project, hospital medication and allergy
records as well as more than 2,000 records from two pilot physician offices
were backloaded into the CMR.
The medication record is bi-directional, meaning that both hospital staff
and physician office personnel can make updates to a patient’s list
of medications and allergies. This insures that the most up-to-date information
is available for each patient, improving and speeding the medication reconciliation process.
During future phases, Atlantic General Hospital plans to expand the CMR
to the hospital’s emergency room and other departments as well as
to physician offices in the community. They will also create additional
features such as bar coding and electronic prescription transmission to
For more information about the Community Medication Record, please contact
Murray Oltman, Director of Information Services, Atlantic General Hospital,
at (410) 629-0913.