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Computerized Prescription Systems Introduce New Errors

Hospitals have been installing computerized prescription systems to help eliminate human error. But a study in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association finds these programs are actually causing new kinds of medical mistakes.

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Corrected: March 24, 2005 at 6:04 PM MST
Sociologist Ross Koppel of the University of Pennsylvania is misidentified as "Robert" in this segment.
Award-winning journalist Patti Neighmond is NPR's health policy correspondent. Her reports air regularly on NPR newsmagazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition.