Medication Management - Part 2

Medication Management - Part 2

Medication management process consists of five stages; prescribing, transmitting or transcribing, dispensing, administration and monitoring. I believe unintended consequences could occur anywhere in the process at any phase. However, after looking into the literature, I would agree that the most common phases where unintended consequences occur are prescribing, dispensing and administration.

Standards Interoperability - Part 2

Standards Interoperability - Part 2

Canada Infoway is one of the big health informatics mover in Canada. They have a set of interoperability solutions for developers to enhance electronic health records (EHR) and user interfaces to improve sending and receiving standard-bases interoperability messages.(1) Very briefly, they are as follows:

Clinical Query

Clinical Query

You are presented with the following case:

60 year old male patient, overweight with BMI = 28. Recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus. He is currently taking maximum doses of metformin and sitagliptin. Generally, his blood sugar levels are not controlled, for example, his last HbA1c reading was 7.5%. He has positive family history of cardiovascular disease, his father suffered from fatal MI and the age of 52.

Blood Donation Gap and Pharmacists' Role

Blood Donation Gap and Pharmacists' Role

It is important that people donate blood regularly, not only to save others’ lives, but also for their own health. Blood donations are particularly urgent for people who suffer from medical conditions or experience big incidences that make them in need for blood transfusions, such as those that have leukemia, aplastic anemia, or have been involved in vehicle accidents. The Canadian Blood Services, which is based in Ottawa, accepts year round blood donations. However, their policies are changing which might result in restricting or discouraging people to donate blood.

Standards Interoperability - Part 1

Standards Interoperability - Part 1

Data standards are the agreement on the representation and formatting of data to be consistent across different systems. Interoperability is the ability for systems to communicate and exchange information to each other from anywhere and anytime;(1) on demand and in real-time; interoperability will be achieved when there are standards implemented and followed.

KPIs in Health Care

KPIs in Health Care

Many people might not of heard of the term KPI or key performance indicators. KPIs are very popular in the business world, but are they known or used in health care? Most importantly, are they reliable?