Evaluation of the Design and Structure of Electronic Medication Labels

Wednesday, April 19 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM CT
West Building, Level 1 | W183 B

This poster will be displayed in conjunction with the HIMSS23 Workforce ConneXtions. Posters will be available for viewing through the entirety of the event. Poster presenters will be available for questions from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

Patient misunderstanding of instructions on medication labels is a common cause of medication errors and can result in ineffective treatment. One way to improve comprehension of labels is to optimize the content and display of the information. Evidence-based recommendations on optimal content and display formats could be helpful for both print and new electronic encoding of medications labels that go beyond the current SPL standard. Computerized literature searches were performed to select comparative studies that evaluated the design of labels to improve patient knowledge and safety. The utilization of patient-centered language, graphics, color/font optimization were found to have the most impact on patient comprehension.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the importance of presenting medication information in an optimal manner for patients in order to optimize their understanding and medication use
  • Examine the importance of standardizing label content and display structure to incorporate into print and electronic formats
  • Demonstrate the importance of assessing the impact of medication label content and display on patient safety
  • Investigate the importance of the evaluation and validation of medication label content display
Early Careerist, IT Professional, Student


Sara Saif
Belmont University College of Pharmacy