Electronic System to Stamp out Written Prescription Drug Errors that Kill NHS Patients

Electronic System to Stamp out Written Prescription Drug Errors that Kill NHS Patients

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt plans to introduce a £260m electronic system which will mark the end of written prescriptions today.
Mr Hunt will be revealing plans for the new electronic system which will dispense drugs electronically after several people died following incorrect medication prescriptions. More than 11 people died because of this last year.
Patients’ notes are being lost and this is resulting in the wrong medicines being dispensed. Research is suggesting that 8% of hospital prescriptions contain mistakes.
The news comes after the report of NHS Mid Staffordshire Hospital where hundreds of patients are believed to have died needlessly. Mr Hunt will reveal that he’s accepting a key recommendation of the Francis report which looked into the Staffordshire scandal. The recommendation claimed that the NHS needs a better use of technology to improve care.
The system will initially be used in hospitals in a bid to go paperless with patients’ notes and prescriptions. This will be working towards the complete digitalisation of the NHS predicted to happen by 2018.
It will in time be extended for use in GPs’ surgeries in order to end the written prescription.
Government advisers believe the move will improve safety minimising the chance of errors with miss-reading handwriting.

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