Excel excels in Top End drug-bug mismatch identification system

A team from the Northern Territory's Top End Health Service is using a clever, in-house designed system that combines reports from the pathology and prescribing databases in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, processes them through a series of rules and is then able to identify potentially life-threatening drug-bug or dose mismatches.

While the developers are not considering commercialising the system and are happy to give it away as freeware, they have come up with a nifty acronym – AMSID, for AntiMicrobial Stewardship Identification – and more importantly believe that they have come up with a quality improvement initiative that can have a significant impact on patient safety.

Posted in Australian eHealth

Tags: NT Health, Antimicrobial stewardship

Comments  

+1 # Peter Gee 2016-12-09 09:34
The authors should be commended for a novel approach to antimicrobial stewardship, But you see this a lot - people making solutions in a tool they are used to that isn't the best way to solve the problem. Spreadsheets simply aren't the right way to store this type and volume of data.
Sure, you can use excel to watch movies at work: http://hackaday.com/2014/10/24/using-excel-to-watch-movies-at-work/ but should you?
0 # Toby Maddern 2016-12-14 10:42
Appreciate your comments Peter, and while what you say is resoundingly true, Excel and its spreadsheets significantly lowered the expertise required for setting up this proof of concept. This process can easily be adapted to end up in almost any database or similar system.

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