Adverse drug reactions and inappropriate administration of medications account for poor outcomes for patients. They place patients in life-threatening situations, lead to increased health care costs, extend length of stay in hospitals, as well as increasing litigation. This paper will highlight the incidence of adverse drug events (ADE) in health care and show the low rate of detection within conventional medical records. I will also show how electronic medical records (EMR) improve detection of ADE, enhance clinician compliance to their management, improve patient outcomes, and reduce health care costs.
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