Scoring system could help reduce adverse drug events in patients

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University of Florida College of Pharmacy researchers have partnered with UF Health to identify hospital patients at greatest risk for preventable adverse drug events. The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Foundation has awarded a two-year, $499,000 grant to College of Pharmacy researcher Almut Winterstein, to lead a UF Health research team that will develop and validate a complexity score to help hospitals determine the best pharmacist staffing to prevent adverse drug events and improve patient safety.  The complexity score will use automated information in patients' electronic health records to produce real-time predictions of which admitted patients are at greatest risk for having an adverse drug event and therefore need medication management services. The research team envisions a daily report generated to alert pharmacists of the patients who have the highest scores based on their medical history and current health conditions. >> Read the post at FierceHealthIT