Adding data from a commercial prescription database and a community health information exchange to electronic health records increased the accuracy of medication lists for patients at two hospitals in upstate New York.

The authors of the new study in the American Journal of Managed Care cite previous work that determined patients being admitted to hospitals were at risk for 1.4 adverse drug events, the main cause of such events being errors in preadmission history. They retrospectively studied the records of 858 patients admitted to the two hospitals from September 2010 to April 2011.

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