This course allows a student to analyze, consider perspectives and create an approach to leading the advancement of technology and automation systems throughout the medication use process. Medication safety is a growing focus of healthcare providers, institutions, payers, and patients. Medications represent the largest portion of errors reported in the healthcare literature and as such, deserve the attention of healthcare providers. Much of the focus of medication safety efforts is to leverage HIT tools to improve the safety of the medication use process. This course will introduce the principles of root cause analyses, failure mode effect analysis (FMEA) and Medication Error Reduction Plans (MERPs) as they relate to the technology and automation applied to medication use processes. The student will, as a result, be able to identify the advantages and disadvantages associated with various types of HIT, and identify opportunities for improvement while understanding the limitations these clinical systems have with respect to medication safety. (PHAR 545)
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