Not every problem that we see with an electronic prescription is a black and white safety issue. The vast majority of the issues we see are inconsistencies or inaccuracies that do not meet the Guidelines, but are not absolutely going to cause a patient safety issue. The point is that the inconsistencies increase the possibility that an error will result, because it requires interpretation, analysis, study, or re-keying of data.
There are two outcomes from this observation. First, getting attention on problems that are not themselves safety issues is challenging. Everyone wants to fix patient safety problems. I have a harder time getting attention on problems that are absolutely quality problems but not outright safety issues. Second, this can account for the different opinions on how many errors there are. Depending on how you define "error", two different people can look at the same prescription and one will call it an error while the other will not.
Is it really quality versus safety, or is it safety in the context of quality?
Do you have an opinion on this subject? If so, please add your comments to this discussion.