Barcode technology with an electronic Medication Adminstration Record (eMAR) reduces medication errors

Serious medication errors are common in hospitals and often occur during order transcription or administration of medication. To help prevent such errors, technology has been developed to verify medications by incorporating bar-code verification technology within an electronic medication-administration system (bar-code eMAR).

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found a 41% reduction in non-timing administration errors and a 51% reduction in potential drug-related adverse events after the introduction of an eMAR.

(Sources: New England Journal of Medicine, http://nejm.org, May 6, 2010; HCPro Patient Safety Monitor Alert, http://hcpro.com, May 12, 2010)