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Union Hospital, Hong Kong, Selects First DataBank's Electronic Drug Information in Medication Safety Initiative
Date:12/8/2009

Thanks to a new medication safety initiative, clinicians at Union Hospital Hong Kong will have access to electronic drug information to assist them during prescribing and dispensing. Inconsistent drug terminology and a lack of drug information during prescribing are major contributing factors to medication errors.

(PRWEB) December 8, 2009 -- Union Hospital, a leading private hospital in Hong Kong, has selected First DataBank (FDB) to provide its electronic drug database and clinical decision support in a move to enhance medication safety. For the first time, clinicians at the 300-bed hospital will have access to patient-specific drug information whilst prescribing and dispensing.

Medication errors occur at an alarming rate in hospitals worldwide. Major contributing factors include confusion arising from inconsistent drug terminology and a lack of relevant drug information during prescribing.

Within Union Hospital's Information System, FDB's clinical decision support will enable clinicians to check the medication about to be prescribed or dispensed against information held in a patient's electronic health record. On-screen alerts are generated if there are potential drug-drug interactions, sensitivities or drug-disease indications.

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