Robert Badgett, MD; Cynthia Mulrow, MD, MSc, Deputy Editor
Badgett R, Mulrow C. Using Information Technology To Transfer Knowledge: A Medical Institution Steps Up to the Plate. Ann Intern Med. 2005;142:220-221. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-142-3-200502010-00016
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2005;142(3):220-221.
In this issue, Jain and colleagues (1) display the power of information technology (IT) to facilitate communication about important health care information. The information was Merck's withdrawal of rofecoxib at 9:00 a.m. on 30 September 2004—one of the largest drug recalls in modern history—and the power on display was the speed and specificity of electronic communications. Within 90 minutes of Merck's initial press release about the withdrawal, staff at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation began querying databases stored in their electronic medical record (EMR) to identify patients with active rofecoxib prescriptions and their providers. Within 7 hours, they deactivated prescriptions in the EMR and notified providers via e-mail. Within 22 hours, they sent letters about the withdrawal to all 11 699 patients with rofecoxib prescriptions.
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