Updated Black Box Warnings in Lexi-Data Help Minimize Alert Fatigue

Updated Black Box Warnings in Lexi-Data Help Minimize Alert Fatigue

Wolters Kluwer Health|Clinical SolutionsMeagan McCord, Marketing Communications Specialist, 330-650-6506

It is crucial that EMR, CPOE, and other healthcare IT products are able to alert clinicians of Black Box Warnings when they apply to drugs being prescribed, dispensed, and administered. However, many Black Box Warnings only apply to certain users, yet all clinicians are forced to view them. When systems display all warnings to all users, “alert fatigue” can result - a common problem in healthcare systems that leads to frustration and overlooked information. In Lexi-Data, Lexicomp has categorized the Black Box Warnings and provided supporting information, making the presented warning information actionable and targeted to the specific end user. For example, pharmacists see warnings/actions appropriate for pharmacists, while nurses can see warnings/actions appropriate for nurses.

“Providing this feature in Lexi-Data, with specific targeted action for clinicians at all levels, will not only help reduce alert fatigue, but also help improve patient medication safety,” commented David Del Toro, Vice President & General Manager, Clinical Drug Information at Wolters Kluwer Health. “More importantly, this feature is geared to positively impact treatment outcomes and help avoid potential medication errors.”

is a leading provider of drug reference and data solutions for the healthcare industry. Pharmacists, physicians, nurses, students, and dentists worldwide depend on the comprehensive, point of care information provided by Lexicomp to help enhance medication safety, improve patient outcomes and increase efficiency. Lexicomp drug information is accessible online, on the latest smartphones and tablet devices, and through integration with health information systems. An extensive library of print titles is also available. To learn more about Lexicomp drug information solutions, call 800.837.5394, 330.650.6506 or visit .

Lexicomp is part of , a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. Wolters Kluwer Health is part of , a market-leading global information services company with 2011 annual revenues of €3.4 billion ($4.7 billion).