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Electronic Medication Management Across New Zealand

The New Zealand Health Quality and Safety Commission and the National Health Board's Health IT Board have teamed up to create the Go for Gold! Program, which encourages district health boards to participate in electronic medication management, including prescribing, administering, reconciling, dispensing, and tracking medicines. Under a pilot program, doctors at Dunedin Hospital were able to prescribe medications electronically—leading to a 98 percent reduction in pharmaceutical errors. Such errors are often linked to illegible handwriting and incorrect patient identification. The program is now being introduced into hospitals across New Zealand.


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