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Australia to support accurate meds prescription for patients with kidney problems

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The government-backed Digital Health Cooperative Research Centre has launched a A$1 million (above $700,000) research project that intends to empower accurate prescription of medications for patients dealing with kidney failure.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

The research institute, in tandem with the Northern Territory Health and the University of South Australia, will develop this clinical decision support tool for healthcare professionals that will be delivered as a standalone service via an application program interface, making it easy to integrate with existing prescribing or dispensing software systems.

After analysing the context of medicine prescription and dispensing in the first research phase, they will create a renal dosage calculator algorithm based on NT Health’s clinical data sets and other available medicine knowledge databases. In the second phase, they will simulate the impact of the tool in the urban and rural primacy clinics in NT and South Australia.

The final research phase involves a clinical pilot in NT’s urban and remote primary health care centres and community pharmacy settings.

WHY IT MATTERS Inaccurate medicine selection and dosing for people with impaired kidneys is a “common and preventable issue,” according to the UniSA research team. They noted that about a quarter of patients receive “inappropriate” medications, which […]

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