Evaluation and implementation of chemotherapy regimen validation in an electronic health record

Amber H. Diaz, Joseph S. Bubalo

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    Introduction: Computerized provider order entry of chemotherapy regimens is quickly becoming the standard for prescribing chemotherapy in both inpatient and ambulatory settings. One of the difficulties with implementation of chemotherapy regimen computerized provider order entry lies in verifying the accuracy and completeness of all regimens built in the system library. Our goal was to develop, implement, and evaluate a process for validating chemotherapy regimens in an electronic health record. Methods: We describe our experience developing and implementing a process for validating chemotherapy regimens in the setting of a standard, commercially available computerized provider order entry system. The pilot project focused on validating chemotherapy regimens in the adult inpatient oncology setting and adult ambulatory hematologic malignancy setting. Results: A chemotherapy regimen validation process was defined as a result of the pilot project. Over a 27-week pilot period, 32 chemotherapy regimens were validated using the process we developed. Results of the study suggest that by validating chemotherapy regimens, the amount of time spent by pharmacists in daily chemotherapy review was decreased. In addition, the number of pharmacist modifications required to make regimens complete and accurate were decreased. Both physician and pharmacy disciplines showed improved satisfaction and confidence levels with chemotherapy regimens after implementation of the validation system. Conclusion: Chemotherapy regimen validation required a considerable amount of planning and time but resulted in increased pharmacist efficiency and improved provider confidence and satisfaction.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)461-468
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
    Issue number6
    StatePublished - Dec 20 2014


    • Chemotherapy regimen
    • chemotherapy safety
    • electronic record
    • validation

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Oncology
    • Pharmacology (medical)


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