Web tool helps hospital pharmacists compile, access patient data

December 7, 2007

Asolva develops way to document medication management and pharmacist interventions

A California software company unveiled a Web-based tool during ASHP's Midyear Clinical Meeting in Las Vegas that allows hospital pharmacists to compile clinical data on patients. Medici, developed by Asolva Inc. of Los Angeles, links with a hospital's electronic medical records system to help pharmacists collect data such as patient demographics, medication profiles, lab results, cultures and sensitivities, and medical transcripts. Amassing such data enables pharmacists to make better decisions on patient care, said Asolva founder/CEO Chun Wong. "Pharmacists are doing this analysis, but they are doing it in a 20th-century way," Wong said during ASHP's 42nd annual Midyear Clinical Meeting in Las Vegas, where Medici officially debuted. "And they know it too. Pharmacists shouldn't have to copy data from one chart to another." With Medici, hospital pharmacists can use the data they collect to collaborate on treatments and diagnoses, which results in better patient care, he noted. To ensure patient safety, Medici allows pharmacists to input notes and status flags that are shared with other pharmacists, helping them to monitor compliance and patients' progress by documenting interventions and medication management. The program, available on laptop and tablet PCs, has been in use at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, Calif., for the past 18 months.

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