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VUMC’s e-prescription quality efforts lauded

May. 15, 2014, 9:46 AM

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been named to receive a White Coat of Quality Award from Surescripts that recognizes the institution’s e-prescription quality efforts.

Surescripts — a national health information network facilitating information exchanges between pharmacies, health systems, health exchanges and health technology firms — honored 51 entities for achieving key requirements including:

• Senior leadership commitment to a goal of zero electronic prescription content errors.

• Measurement and reporting of e-prescription content error levels.

• Implementation of software updates to reduce content error levels.

• Communication and training for end-users on how to better use their e-prescribing system to reduce errors.

“This is terrific recognition for this successful application at Vanderbilt — RxStar — and puts us in the vanguard of institutions across the country improving the quality and safety of care with electronic prescribing,” said Blackford Middleton, M.D., MPH, S.Sc., chief informatics officer for Vanderbilt University Health System.

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