The HITECH legislation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is allocating more than $20 billion to push for the adoption of health IT nationwide, including e-health records and e-prescription systems. Health IT can boost patient's quality of care by reducing medical errors, improving clinical decision making and helping to eliminate redundant and unnecessary tests and costs. Health IT, including automated systems that check for adverse drug interactions, allergies, and confirm patient I
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Safety in the pharmacy: Computerized physician order entry and e-prescribing systems allow clinicians to send drug orders electronically to pharmacies. With CPOE, orders by hospital doctors are transmitted to hospital pharmacies, while e-prescribing systems allow doctor in their offices electronically transmit prescriptions to retail or mail order pharmacies.