Paperless Prescription in Indonesian Health Center

Ms Irma Melyani Puspitasari, Faculty of Pharmacy Universitas Padjadjaran, Jalan Bandung Sumedang, Indonesia, shared the findings of her paper entitled “Development and Clinical Implementation Experience of Paperless Prescription System with Medication Error Alerts for Community Health Center in Indonesia”.

Ms Puspitasari’s research, which hopes to address growing number of medication errors, entailed designing, developing and deploying an e-prescription system as well as training of the healthcare staff (the users), and subsequent evaluating the system’s usefulness on daily healthcare service activities.

The system has been successfully deployed since March 2010 with about 26,000 patients processed in 9 months time. Regular feedback from users has allowed the developers to continue improving on the system. In the last 6 months of its deployment, no drug-drug interaction within prescription was reported. It was concluded that the system has made healthcare staff more aware of medication errors and as such, prescribe more carefully and judiciously.

(Source: email NThC)