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Pilot program in drug reconciliation aims to avoid errors

August 20, 2007

Fauquier partnered with DrFirst Inc., a Maryland-based technology company. DrFirst had developed an electronic prescribing platform that several large physician practices connected to Fauquier had earlier adopted.

DrFirst adapted its program, called Rcopia, for the acute care setting to assist Fauquier in creating and reconciling an accurate list of patients’ medications from admitting to discharge. The prescription information is also provided to the patient and can be electronically accessed by a patient’s physician. “We were interested in ways that we could introduce efficiencies into our medication reconciliation system and incorporate outpatient prescription information into the process through an automated fashion, as opposed to relying solely on the patients’ accounting of their medications,” said Rowe.

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