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‘IT’ gets man wrongly arrested for prescription fraud

A man presented a legitimate prescription (signed by a out-of-hours service doctor) at a community pharmacy in November last year. Pharmacy contacted the out-of-hours service then called the police.
The board papers show the pharmacy contacted IC24 who “confirmed no record of the patient being seen by an IC24 doctor”.

However, subsequently IC24 changed its view and said that the prescription was […]

February 2nd, 2017|Regulation, Value|0 Comments|
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    What is the public getting for data deals? Public Lecture 22 March, 2017

What is the public getting for data deals? Public Lecture 22 March, 2017

Data kingdoms and keys: The case of Google and the NHS

Dr Julia Powles
22 March, 4.00pm, School of Law, LG.06

For this year’s annual lecture on law and emerging technologies, we take on the valiant promises of computation and artificial intelligence – and the data deals necessary to power them. Across every field, from health and energy, to law and finance, […]

February 1st, 2017|Big Data, Regulation|0 Comments|

Fewer drugs, more cuddles – The CALM program

Newborns born dependent on opioids, suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome, get better with a program that puts an emphasis on non-pharmacologic care. Starting with skin-to-skin contact.

“They’re calmed by the fact that someone is holding them,” said pediatrician Dr. Elisha Wachman, who runs the CALM program and has studied NAS at Boston University.
CALM stands for Cuddling Assists in Lowering Maternal […]

January 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

ETP in Europe: the case of UK, Estonia, Denmark, and Sweden

A report has just been published with cross-country comparison of implementations of electronic transmission of prescriptions: “European e-Prescriptions: Benefits and Success Factors”, by Ulrike Deetjen.

The report describes the economic, health, and societal benefits of e-prescriptions, within different policy structures. Based on previous evidence and expert interviews for case studies of Estonia, the United Kingdom, Denmark, and Sweden, it derives […]

July 14th, 2016|Policy|0 Comments|
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    News on state and future of ePrescribing in English NHS hospitals

News on state and future of ePrescribing in English NHS hospitals

A ‘bleak picture’, for the DigitalHealth.net article of the 9th of June.

19% of NHS hospitals use e-prescribing for 60% or more of inpatient prescribing
38% of England’s 154 acute trusts had implemented e-prescribing, and 25% had implemented e-prescribing with clinical decision support (2015 data).

“Trusts that have been using e-prescribing the longest have the poorest use. Those coming up from behind […]

June 14th, 2016|Policy|0 Comments|

Falsified medicines: dilution fraud in Romania

We heard last week of the major scandal in Romania:
a multimillion-euro medical fraud scandal – in which a big pharmaceutical company allegedly watered down disinfectants for use on hospital wards for years.

[…] Lab analyses […] found that the active substances had been watered down, in some cases by a factor of 10, leaving them as weak as dishwater.

[…] A […]

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    Error in algorithm to assess risk (and inform prescription of statins)

Error in algorithm to assess risk (and inform prescription of statins)

Computer error may have led to incorrect prescribing of statins to thousands of patients

BMJ 2016;353:i2742

 
Thousands of patients in England may have been incorrectly prescribed or taken off statins because of a major IT glitch.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has launched an investigation after a fault was discovered with the digital QRISK2 calculator in SystmOne, run by […]

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    ‘the little liar’ – patient information about medicines

‘the little liar’ – patient information about medicines

There is an Italian expression used especially in Tuscany that refers to the Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) as ‘il bugiardino’. It translates as ‘the little liar’.

L’Accademia della Crusca explains how the adjective ‘liar’ (bugiardo) can be used only for a person, as only people can conceive and tell lies, but that in this case it refers to an inanimate […]

May 10th, 2016|Medicines|0 Comments|

$1 million for a drug used once

This is a story of precision medicines and their value.

The drug is alipogene tiparvovec (aka Glybera). Approved in 2012, it is “a medicine widely heralded as the “first gene therapy” in the Western world” – a treatment to correct DNA.
But when the Berlin physician Elisabeth Steinhagen-Thiessen wanted to give a patient Glybera last fall, it wasn’t so easy. She […]

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    IT interventions to improve antimicrobial prescribing – evidence of effectiveness?

IT interventions to improve antimicrobial prescribing – evidence of effectiveness?

Baysari, M. T., Lehnbom, E. C., Li, L., Hargreaves, A., Day, R. O. and Westbrook, J. I. The effectiveness of information technology to improve antimicrobial prescribing in hospitals: A systematic review and meta-analysis. International Journal of Medical Informatics. Available online 30 April 2016
In Press, Accepted Manuscript

 
IT interventions took four main forms: 1) stand-alone computerized decision support systems (CDSSs), 2) […]