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a pharmacy employee looking at computerMay 14 2018

The NHS is to introduce a series of new indicators to show whether a prescription may have contributed to a patient being admitted to hospital. The new system will work by linking prescribing data in primary care to hospital admissions. 

Initially, the indicators will focus on how different medicines may be contributing to people being admitted to hospital with gastro-intestinal bleeding. The programme will be expanded to cover more medicines and associated conditions later in the year, said the Department of Health and Social Care.

The aim of the indicators is to:

  • support local reviews of prescribing;
  • minimise unnecessary prescribing;
  • identify where alternative medicines or medicines that reduce risk could be prescribed;
  • reduce the number of patients who are potentially at increased risk of harm from medicines and the number of hospital admissions associated with that risk.

Two documents have been issued to help monitor prescribing and hospital admissions:

  • Medicines optimisation dashboard: open access service
  • ePACT2 dashboard: prescription level data for registered professionals

“Professionals registered with the ePACT2 service can access the prescription level data. ePACT2 is an application that gives authorised users access to prescription data,” said the DHSC. “Other users should access the data using the medicines optimisation dashboard. This is an open access service that aims to improve quality, patient outcomes and value from medicines use.”

A study published earlier this year estimated that 237 million medication errors occur annually within the NHS.

Care Minister Caroline Dinenage said: “While our own research has shown us the shocking toll medication errors take on our health service and its patients, the NHS itself needs a consistent way to measure medication errors. This ground-breaking initiative will help give us the data we need to stamp out these costly errors.”

Links:
DHSC announcement    
DHSC Research and analysis: ‘Medicine safety: indicators for safer prescribing’   
Today’s Pharmacist coverage of Medication error survey           

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