Sunquest to equip Clinical Event Manager with adverse drug event tracking component

Tucson 03 December 2001Sunquest Information Systems Inc., specialised in clinical data management and a business unit of Misys plc, has added an adverse drug event (ADE) tracking component to its Clinical Event Manager (CEM) product, the cross-platform, rules-based communication system for clinicians. CEM automatically sends vital clinical data to clinicians after it is processed by data from disparate systems, such as pharmacy, laboratory, and radiology information systems. The ADE component captures, accepts, and manages ADE and intervention data for tracking, trending, root cause analysis, and regulatory compliance.

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With the ADE component, clinicians can receive real time, critical and non-critical alerts which suggest actual or potential ADEs. Users can enter or capture situational and intervention data. The collective database provides comprehensive ADE reports and trends.

"Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organisations (JACHO) guidelines and the Institute of Medicine's patient safety report are driving the need for hospital pharmacies to closely track and analyse adverse drug events", stated Dave Merryfield, RPh, Clinical Co-ordinator for Community Health Network, which was formerly known as Community Hospitals of Indianapolis. "CEM and the new ADE tracking component, coupled with our FlexiMed Pharmacy System, provide the data access, tracking and trending information we need to comply with JACHO guidelines, decrease chances for medical errors, and reduce costs."

Today's health care organisations have invested in extensive infrastructures to ensure that clinicians have access to vital patient information. However, despite this abundance of information, essential clinical information was still not reaching the clinicians in a timely manner, making it impossible for them to stay on top of every lab result, drug/lab interaction, or abnormal report.

Sunquest's CEM integrates data from ancillary systems in order to provide real time clinical decision support which improves the quality of patient care with prompt notification of critical clinical events. The data is filtered and distributed to health care professionals, when and how they request it.

Using a Web browser or subscription form, clinicians simply specify the desired alerts, thresholds, and method of delivery via e-mail or pager, to begin receiving alerts and reminders immediately. CEM filters clinically relevant information to the appropriate health care provider, resulting in timely interventions and improved patient care.

More information about the Sunquest solutions is available in the following VMW November 2001 articles:


Leslie Versweyveld

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