Unclear, incomplete or confusing displays of information on electronic prescribing systems can increase the possibility of people making mistakes, potentially resulting in harm to patients.
Electronic prescribing systems must be designed well to minimise the likelihood of errors occurring.
This booklet provides guidance to Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) vendors, those procuring HIT software, and patient safety and risk management professionals with recommendations for the safe on-screen display of medicines information.
The issues and recommendations demonstrate how to avoid misinterpretation of electronic prescriptions. They address known errors identified from both handwritten and electronic prescriptions, and suggest ways in which these can be avoided in the future.