Medication errors and adverse drug events are serious issues in healthcare. Apprx 770,000 injuries or deaths related occur each year. For this reason and to comply with the certification and meaningful use requirements, every EMR should look at partnering with and providing their customers top rated drug interaction, duplicate therapy, allergy and dose range checking information integrated into their EMR. Lexicomp and Lexi-Data can offer this solution.
(Note: The Lexicomp solution Lexi-Data referenced in this post has been replaced by newer Medi-Span solutions as of January 2013.)
This information and its quality, customizability, and delivery format can really set your EMR apart from the competition. In 2010 the EMR market grew by almost 13.5% while competition in this area is also growing at a higher than predicted rate. More and more physicians are now starting to look at implementation of an EMR although the rate of adoption has been slowed by the complicated maze of meaningful use. None the less, it is critical that EMRs differentiate and help physicians understand how to navigate through this maze. Drug Data Vendors that are able to offer what others may not can help these EMR companies win more deals. Drug interactions that are cusomizable, dose range checking for specific populations (adult, pediatric, geriatric) duplicate therapy checking and an overall solid patient education offering are areas that can be easily implemeted from Lexi-Data. Lexicomp's expertise and customer service can also help get you up and running fast. The database is easy to work with, available in mutliple formats and even has a web-service set can help start up and established EMRs build the structure needed to help physicians.
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