Patient safety remains a top priority, especially with infusion treatments

By Craig McMahon

In a 2019 report of patient safety, the World Health Organization noted, “Medication errors are a leading cause of injury and avoidable harm in health care systems: globally, the cost associated with medication errors has been estimated at $42 billion (US) annually.”1

Patient safety is a top priority when dealing with patients receiving infusion treatments, whether in a hospital, physician practice, or infusion center. As practices and providers are transitioning to a value-based care reimbursement model, ensuring that the patient is receiving the right treatment, at the right time is essential to potentially decrease emergency department visits or hospitalization.

Some physicians may continue to physically write orders for their oncology or specialty patient. Handwritten orders can become an issue, especially as an infusion nurse or pharmacist must interpret that handwriting.

In addition, there is taking the time to confirm instructions, cross checking home medications to avoid any adverse effects, confirming allergies, lab results, and patient weight for accurate dosing. Any changes the patient has experienced can potentially cause issues with the treatment and dosage calculations – and all may need to be manually reconciled with the patient records.

That reconciliation can cause a longer waiting time to treatment or the need to get information from the prescribing physician to confirm a treatment plan.

By localizing drug and patient data entry into a single solution integrated into your practice’s electronic health record (EHR), IntelliDoseTxM helps ensure your specialty practice can maintain accuracy with dosing regimens and utilize patient data to manage your patients' infusion treatments. The end result is staff efficiency and increased patient safety through an automated practice workflow.

If you are interested in learning more about IntelliDoseTxM and its features, visit www.intrinsiq.com/infusion-management.

  1. https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/patient-safety
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Craig McMahon

Senior Director - Software Sales and Client Services
IntrinsiQ Specialty Solutions
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