CPS Safety Watch/Alert: Inaccurate Data Source for Surescripts Services Potentially Impacting Patient Safety

February 20, 2014    |   By: Calevir

National Alert Network Issues Alert on Surescripts “Medication History Acute” and “Medication History Ambulatory” services containing inaccurate information.

The National Alert Network has issued a new alert pertaining to the data source for Surescripts’ “Medication History Acute” and “Medication History Ambulatory” services potentially containing inaccurate information that could jeopardize patient safety. The Network indicates that the potential inaccuracy relates to the strength of a drug reported in the medication history drug description field, and results from missing special characters such as a decimal point, forward slash, or percentage in some records. The Alert also indicates that Surescripts has disconnected the data source from the services until corrected, and communicated the potential risk to all EHR vendors. The alert advises health care professionals to “question and confirm any medication dosages reported in electronic medication history information that appears inappropriate given the patient’s unique characteristics and current health status.” Health care providers are also encouraged to contact their EHR vendor to determine if the issue affects their systems.

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