Most hospitals are equipped with bar-code medication administration (BCMA) capabilitiesthey’re just not fully taking advantage of the technology, according to a new report. Castlight Health analyzed data from Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Survey and found (PDF) that among nearly 2,000 participating hospitals, 98.7% had BCMA technology in place. BCMA helps prevent medication errors by ensuring that patients are receiving the correct medication and correct dose at the bedside. Medication monitoring systems also connect to electronic health record systems to warn clinicians about patients’ allergies and other possible risks.

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