The journey of selecting of a clinical decision support database can be somewhat of an overwhelming task at first glance. How much time and money will it take to implement when the project list is already a mile long? What are the necessary resources that will be involved? Luckily, there are vendors out there like Lexicomp that make it pretty painless when implementing a drug database.
So how do you choose the right provider? You should expect that your drug information vendor offer a variety of delivery options such as database tables that are compatible with Oracle®, SQL Server®, and MySQL® . The vendor should also provide a Software Development Kit (SDK) powered by Java™ or .NET APIs. Drug Databases are generally extremely normalized and complicated to navigate so utilizing a light weight and easy to use API can save tremendous time. The vendor should provide a high level of customer service and demonstrate a sense of urgency to client requests. They should also earn your loyalty by listening attentively to understand your needs, and then deliver a solution that translates into a mutually beneficial arrangement for both organizations.