Reducing Adverse Drug Events (ADEs)

Thursday, January 10th, 2008
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

Each year, 11 to 15 of every 1,000 Americans visit a healthcare provider because of adverse drug events (ADEs). In dollars, ADEs are responsible for $2 billion per year in hospital costs nationwide, and measures as simple as improved care and reducing duplications of services can save healthcare organizations about $140 billion per year.

In this week’s Disease Management Update, new technology from the University of Michigan Health System is preventing potential medication errors, while Vermont hospitals are taking financial responsibility for improving patient safety and eliminating adverse events in general.

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