Feasibility and accuracy of medication checks via Internet video

J Telemed Telecare. 2012 Apr;18(3):128-32. doi: 10.1258/jtt.2012.SFT102. Epub 2012 Feb 23.


We investigated the feasibility and accuracy of using Internet-based videoconferencing for double-checking medications. Ten participants checked 30 different medications using a desktop PC and a webcam. The accuracy of the video-based checks was compared with 'face-to-vial' checks. The checks included the drug name, dosage and expiry dates of ampoules, vials and tablets, as well as graduations on syringes. There was 100% accuracy for drug name, dosage, and graduations on syringes greater than 1 unit. The expiry dates proved more difficult to read, and accuracy was only 63%. The mean overall accuracy was 91% for all items. Internet video-based medication double-checks may have a useful role to play in processes to ensure the safe use of medications in home care.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Home Care Services
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Male
  • Medication Errors / prevention & control*
  • Middle Aged
  • Videoconferencing*
  • Young Adult