Our report provides the first safety assessment of the VHA's inpatient medication systems in terms of patient outcomes.1 Data were collected in the year 2000 in the setting of the first-generation computerized patient record system and bar-coded medication administration. Our findings complement those of Koppel et al2 and others and highlight the need for evaluation that does not solely rely on process end points such as medication errors.
Nebeker JR, Hurdle JF, Weir CR, Bennett CL. Computerized Order Entry and Bar-Coded Medication—Reply. Arch Intern Med. 2006;166(11):1236. doi:10.1001/archinte.166.11.1236-a