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ASHP survey finds nearly all U.S. hospitals use EHRs, CPOE systems

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Most U.S. hospitals have implemented technologies that improve medication use, such as electronic health records (EHRs), computerized prescriber-order-entry systems, and barcode-assisted medication administration systems, according to a report by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Most U.S. hospitals have implemented technologies that improve medication use, such as electronic health records (EHRs), computerized prescriber-order-entry systems, and barcode-assisted medication administration systems, according to a report by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The "ASHP National Survey of Pharmacy Practice in Hospital Settings: Prescribing and Transcribing — 2016" found that 99% of hospitals across the country now use EHRs, compared with about 31% in 2003. In addition, over the past 13 years, the number of hospitals that use paper-only patient health records has declined from 69% to 1%. Meanwhile, almost 93% of hospitals in 2016 used barcode medication administration systems. "In addition to improving medication safety, the increased use of information technology shows great potential for pharmacists to spend more and more time providing comprehensive medication therapy management in and across all settings of patient care," said ASHP CEO Paul W. Abramowitz. "These positive findings move us closer to achieving ASHP's vision that medication use will be optimal, safe, and effective for all people all of the time." The survey included data from 392 hospitals ranging in size from fewer than 50 beds to more than 600 beds.

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