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Systems Interventions and Their Limitations

  • Systems interventions
    • Electronic prescription entry and bar-coding
    • Computerized medication records
    • Drug interaction software
  • Limitations
    • Fragmented healthcare delivery and prescription filling
    • Information not uniformly translated into practice
  • Message
    • Can’t rely completely on technology
    • Need basic knowledge of clinical pharmacology of drug interactions



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