QRISK2: problem now fixed but patients may need to be contacted
June 13 2016
GP systems supplier TPP has identified and fixed the software problem which caused incorrect QRISK2 Calculator results for some patients. However, GPs will need to contact patients whose results were wrong for reassessment, the medicines regulator has advised.
The MHRA has published an update on the investigation into the SystmOne software algorithm used to assess the potential risk of heart disease in a patient. The system had overestimated risk for some patients and underestimated it for others.
Code mapping errors have been identified, and the tool was disabled as a precaution while the error was fixed, said the MHRA. “The overall risk to the whole population of patients affected is low. GPs will contact patients who have had incorrect scores, identify those who may benefit from being reassessed and, if required, discuss different approaches individuals can take to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease.
“In the meantime patients should continue to take their prescribed medication. If they have any questions then we would advise they speak to a nurse or doctor at their next routine review.”