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Journal of Korean Society of Medical Informatics 2004;10(3):211-222.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4258/jksmi.2004.10.3.211    Published online September 30, 2004.
Computerized Adverse Event Surveillance System
Yoon Kim
Department of Health Policy and Management, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Korea.

BACKGROUND: Although, in Korea, adverse event would be a serious healthcare problem like many western countries, patient safety is not a major concern among medical informaticist, clinicians, and policy makers. We need to understand the utility of the computerized adverse events surveillance system(AESS) which is the most cost-effective method to detect and prevent patient injury.

OBJECTIVE: To review methodologies of detecting adverse events using information technology, adverse drug event surveillance system, critical laboratory alerting system, and adverse medical device event surveillance system.

METHODS: Recent studies on adverse event surveillance using information technology were reviewed.

RESULTS: For each system, the author reviewed essential concepts, signals and rules, software system architectures, review processes, and effect of system implementations related to AESS.

CONCLUSION: If the utility of AESS is proved and professional consensus is formulated among medical informaticist, computerized detection of adverse events could be practical on a widespread basis in Korea.

Key Words: Adverse events, Hospital Information Systems, adverse drug event, Clinical Laboratory Information Systems, Equipment Failure


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