Summit spurs idea of drug-related alerts for EHRs

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Physicians, electronic health record (EHR) vendors, pharmaceutical executives and officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently met at the PharmEHR Summit to discuss product safety alerts and the distribution of drug labeling information, among other topics, Healthcare IT News reports.

Officials told the news source that nearly 30 percent of doctors have adopted EHRs, despite the widely held belief that physicians are slow to pick up the technology for their practice.

“Equally impressive were the findings that a third of respondents said they would be buying an EHR in the next 24 months,” Edward Fotsch, CEO of PDR Network, told the news provider.

The survey found that more than 70 percent of physicians would find it valuable if their EHR included drug-related information or services. As a result, many pharmaceutical companies are working with the FDA to provide drug-labeling and real-time alerts.

As these ideas come to fruition, many companies will begin hiring health information technology degree holders to help them implement drug labeling systems for the EHRs

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for computer and information systems managers are expected to increase by 17 percent over the next seven years.