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Keywords

Acupuncture treatment information system, Computerized physician order entry system, Importance-performance analysis

 

Authors

  1. HOU, YING-HUI PhD
  2. CHANG, I-CHIU PhD
  3. CHEN, CHI-FUNG RN

Abstract

Acupuncture treatment has become increasingly popular worldwide, but it is not without risk to the patient. Most physicians in Taiwan have adopted a computerized physician order entry system for traditional Chinese medicine. Use of such a system can prevent some adverse events related to a paper-based system but increases other unexpected risks. This study is the first to introduce a patient safety-based acupuncture treatment information system that integrates advanced healthcare devices to reduce the risks associated with acupuncture treatment using a computerized physician order entry system for traditional Chinese medicine. The acupuncture treatment information system considerably improved patient safety and increased clinicians' workflow efficiency. The importance-performance analysis indicated that improvement in the vital sign measurement function was of the highest priority. In conclusion, acupuncture treatment-the demand for which is increasing-can be performed more safely using an acupuncture treatment information system.