First DataBank Sponsors Webinar to Focus Attention on Electronic Medication Reconciliation Solution that Helps Improve Pat

Topics Include How to Successfully Implement Electronic Medication Reconciliation and Interpretation of the Joint Commission Proposed Medication Reconciliation Goal

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- As hospitals around the country struggle to improve systems and processes for medication reconciliation, Michael Westcott, M.D., chief medical information officer for Alegent Health; and Jeannell Mansur, R.Ph., Pharm D, FASHP, practice leader, medication safety for Joint Commission Resources Inc., will offer timely strategies for success at a webinar on May 27 (2 p.m. EST; 11 a.m. PST). Registration is free.

Dr. Westcott will share how Alegent Health used First DataBank customer Design Clinicals’ MedsTracker electronic medication reconciliation software to enhance patient safety and quality initiatives while also improving clinician efficiency, and in the process, discovered an introduction to CPOE (computerized physician order entry) that physicians could embrace. Dr. Mansur will offer strategies for safe adoption when considering technology to support clinical processes, and will interpret the direction of the Joint Commission’s new proposed medication reconciliation goal.

Science Daily recently reported results of a Northwestern Memorial Hospital study that indicated almost 50 percent of medication discrepancies were related to the lack of a comprehensive home medication list captured at admission. MedsTracker by Design Clinicals offers a medication history intake with a longitudinal list that improves accuracy from admission through discharge instructions, while saving clinicians’ time and improving patient compliance with medications after discharge. MedsTracker helps clients meet The Joint Commission Patient Safety Goal for medication reconciliation, and also helps satisfy most of the criteria needed to demonstrate meaningful use and secure ARRA incentive payments and avoid penalties.

About Alegent Health

Alegent Health is the largest, not-for-profit, faith-based healthcare system in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa with 10 hospitals, more than 100 sites of service, over 1,300 physicians on its medical staff and 9,000 employees. Sponsored by Catholic Health Initiatives and Immanuel Health Systems, Alegent Health provides patients and their families a continuum of care, from women’s and children’s services, primary care, wellness counseling, and senior care to cardiovascular services, orthopaedics, oncology, physical rehabilitation and behavioral health. For more information visit http://www.alegent.com/.

About First DataBank

First DataBank, a subsidiary of Hearst Corporation, drives patient safety and healthcare quality by providing drug databases that are used within information systems that touch every aspect of healthcare. For 30 years, we have partnered with system developers to integrate and optimize our drug information to improve user workflow and enhance clinical decision-making by those entrusted with treating patients at the point-of-need. For more information about First DataBank, call 800-633-3453 or visit http://www.firstdatabank.com/.

About Design Clinicals

Design Clinicals Inc., is a healthcare information technology company dedicated to providing leading-edge tools to improve the delivery of patient care. Design Clinicals’ premier product, MedsTracker electronic medication reconciliation software, was awarded exclusive endorsement by the American Hospital Association. Founded in 2005 by practicing physicians and hospital IT professionals, Design Clinicals offers innovative, intuitive software solutions that enhance communications, improve workflow, increase patient safety and help ensure regulatory compliance. Products are highly adaptive, able to integrate with any hospital information system, with superior clinician adoption rates. For more information, visit http://www.DesignClinicals.com.

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