Cegedim Clinical Data Services offers clinical decision support, drug database & product information to aid healthcare professionals maintain accurate and safe prescribing & dispensing, as well as easier electronic re-ordering.
Providing Clinical Decision Support
According to NICE guidelines, increasing patient involvement in the medicines decision-making process requires that healthcare professionals acknowledge patients' views about their condition and its treatment, and that both healthcare professionals and patients have a role in making decisions about treatment. In clinical practice, one way to implement this approach is to use information technology and a clinical decision support ‘system’ or ‘tool’ along with evidence-based medicine and clinical experience.
The guidelines define clinical decision support as “an active, computerised intervention [incorporated within clinical IT systems] that occurs at the time and location of prescribing, to support prescribers with decision-making”, and suggest that such a system should be able to identify important safety issues; allow health professionals to acknowledge mandatory alerts; reflect the best available, up-to-date evidence; and contain useful clinical information to reduce ‘alert fatigue’.
Supporting the Safe Use of Drugs
Gary Hollis, Head of Clinical Data Services, explains: “Our dedicated team of pharmacists and data analysts continuously curate information on the administration and safe use of drugs, including drug interactions, guidance on dosage, and adverse drug reactions. We have curated clinical data for our own NHS accredited primary care prescribing and dispensing software systems for over 25 years, and we are now pleased to make this information available to the wider market as a standalone dataset.”
Cegedim Clinical Data Services can be used to integrate with primary or secondary care IT systems to support healthcare professionals with accurate and safe prescribing & dispensing aligned against a specific patient record, including drug indications, contra indications, side effects, as well as sensitivities & allergies and cautions of use.
In addition, Cegedim Clinical Data Services offers an accurate and up to date drug database curated to DM&D NHS standards, providing essential product level information. The dataset provides a full list of NHS approved items, both prescribed and dispensed, updated bi- weekly. Product level information allows for easier electronic re-ordering incorporating EAN, PIP code and DM&D codes, together with wholesaler codes.
Healthcare app developers requiring information around the interactions of drugs, dosages and reactions, that would apply to specific disease or therapy areas, also stand to benefit from these flexible, responsive and cost-effective services.
Steve Bradley, Group Managing Director, comments: “We are pleased to be able to offer these UK-centric datasets to all prescribing and dispensing system providers within the UK. Our services make UK-centric information curated monthly - and strictly to NHS standards - on approximately 130,000 items available to help healthcare professionals maintain accurate, safe and cost-effective prescribing and dispensing. Ultimately, we envisage this will aid in patient engagement and medicines adherence, which will positively impact overall health outcomes.”
For more information, see our Clinical Data Services page.