Hospitals discuss drug management systems

By Alison Hsiao  /  Staff reporter

Thu, Dec 12, 2013 - Page 4

A patient-centered cloud-based drug prescription record system that was launched in July allows physicians to check a patient’s prescription record from the preceding three months and thereby avoid therapeutic duplication and enhance drug safety, the National Health Insurance Administration (NHIA) said on Monday.

At a conference on the operation of cloud technology for drug safety enhancement held by the agency on Monday, various hospitals shared their experiences with the system and intra-hospital drug use management.

National Taiwan University Hospital introduced its intra-hospital drug stock control and clinical decision support systems and reviewed the effectiveness of its systems for the online checking of patients’ medical prescription records.

It also discussed a system for the monitoring of the application of QR coding for providing information on drug-food interactions and drug use directions to patients.

Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital has initiated a program on the integrated care for those with multiple chronic conditions taking more than one type of drug, and has been monitoring how antibiotics are used at its outpatient services, the NHIA said.

Interactions between herbal medicine and prescribed drugs, and between drugs and food are recorded for physicians’ reference in a system developed by Chang Bing Show Memorial Hospital, while National Cheng Kung University Hospital has a drug allergy alert mechanism.

Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital and Mackay Memorial Hospital have developed an antibiotic dosage control system for monitoring the efficacy of the usage by different groups of patients, NHIA said.