In Italy a system that sends precise alerts on possible contraindications and errors in the folder
95% of healthcare professionals would find it useful to adopt a solution capable of carrying out checks on the safety of prescribed drugs. Nonetheless, only 44% declare that they already have a tool to support drug safety, integrated into the electronic medical record in use. This was revealed by a survey of over 300 clinical managers in 39 countries, conducted by Wolters Kluwer, Health, a company specializing in software solutions and professional services, which announces the launch on the Italian market of a new generation system (Medi-Span * Clinical APIs) to support the physician in the clinical decision for the management of drug therapies.
The new system, together with Medi-Span’s professional services – explains a note – provides healthcare professionals a precision alert at the appropriate times and clinical contexts directly in the electronic medical record. Healthcare professionals can thus identify any medication errors and contraindications and be helped in improving patient care.
From other data collected from managers of healthcare facilities and Medi-Span users, it emerges that most report a reduction in alert fatigue or ‘alarm stress’, greater adoption of clinical best practices and the possibility of obtaining international accreditations, such as Himss Emram 6 and 7 certifications. Furthermore, from an analysis carried out in November 2021 on the alerts generated by Medi-Span compared to those generated by another drug alert system at the National Cheng Kung University Hospital in Taiwan, it emerged that the Medi-Span Clinical APIs system generated 21% fewer alerts, which however were able to identify a higher number of adverse drug events (Ade, Averse Drug Event) potentially more serious. The prevention of the Hades has favored a saving of 558 thousand Taiwanese dollars in a period of 5 months, equal to 1,139,200 Taiwanese dollars in a year (about 36 thousand euros). Finally, again thanks to the adverse drug events avoided, 111 daily beds were saved over a period of 5 months, equal to 266 days in a year.
“As a leading healthcare company, we must not forget to take care of those who care for us,” he says Christian Cella, international vice president for Clinical Effectiveness at Wolters Kluwer, Health – Everything we do to reduce the cognitive burden of doctors, helping them to focus on the most important factors and improve their efficiency, not only helps medical teams, but also improves the quality of care. The possibility for Italian healthcare facilities to adopt this decision support solution for the management of new generation drug therapies will allow them to generate relevant alerts at the right time and in the most appropriate clinical setting, reducing the number of errors and improving the experience. of doctors “.
The treatment of patients – it is highlighted in the note – is today complicated by the frequent picture of comorbidities due to the presence of multiple pathologies and multiple therapies. Therapeutic errors and adverse health events occur in 8-12% of hospitalizations within the European Union and the World Health Organization calculates that, through the implementation of strategies aimed at reducing medication errors, 95,000 lives could be saved every year in the EU. The integration of an advanced decision support solution for the management of drug therapies into the daily routine (clinical workflow) allows healthcare professionals to make better decisions in the therapeutic field, at all points of care along the continuum of care.