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Improving a Medication Error Alert System

Does, K. (2009) Improving a Medication Error Alert System. Master's Thesis / Essay, Human-Machine Communication.

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Medication prescription errors and medication-related problems can cause an array of problems ranging from an increased work-load and cost in correcting errors to potential harm to patients. These adverse effects can be prevented by using a computerised physician order entry system combined with a prescription monitoring system as is currently done by the Department of Clinical Pharmacy in the University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG). The purpose of a prescription monitoring system is to detect possible medication errors and generate alerts. The current system in the UMCG does not perform as well and efficient as it possibly could. In an attempt to improve the alerts for medication errors and related problems the UMCG is now seeking to adopt a new system. This system will combine information from different systems (for e.g. patient data, lab results and prescriptions) in an attempt to provide only clinically relevant alerts. A novel user interface prototype was developed to best suit the needs of the users of the new system. This user interface is based on current system use, user questionnaires and an expert analysis. The user interface underwent several iterations and was evaluated by future users. Users that participated in the final user-test were all positive about the interface and were also able to perform several tasks well. An interaction specification has been drafted based on the final prototype and the interface is currently being developed and will be deployed in the UMCG.

Item Type: Thesis (Master's Thesis / Essay)
Supervisor name: Cnossen, F.
Degree programme: Human-Machine Communication
Thesis type: Master's Thesis / Essay
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:29
Last Modified: 03 May 2019 10:11

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