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Clinicians can verify safety of medication dose through app

Health ministry’s Cerner Millenium sends alert if dosage is outside safe range

Staff Report
13:27 December 2, 2017

Dubai: Clinicians can verify their correct medication dosage through the Cerner Millenium application that unifies information from hospitals and clinics in Dubai and Northern Emirates.

As part of the ongoing ‘Wareed’ project, the Ministry of Health and Prevention on Saturday announced the application links all clinical, operational and administrative data of 15 government hospitals and more than 68 clinics into a unified system.

Awadh Seghayer Al Ketbi, the ministry’s assistant undersecretary for support services, said the ministry will continuously use advanced health information systems to ensure quality health care and patient safety in the country.

Mubaraka Ebrahim, director of the ministry’s health information systems department, said: “This technology helps clinicians ensure that they are not over or under dosing their patients. The solution evaluates the doses and frequency against established ranges specific to the patient’s age, weight, and creatinine clearance.”

She also said that the Dose Range Checking (DCR) is an automated alert mechanism used to compare a medication order dose against a pre-established safe range. If the dose is outside the safe or effective range, an interactive alert informs the ordering clinician, who can then cancel the order, modify the order, or ignore the alert and proceed with the order.

Ebrahim said: “Currently, the ministry has initially made the system applicable to group of medications but we will be expanding the list by working with physician and pharmacy subcommittees.”