NPS RADAR added to Best Practice and Medtech32

The NPS RADAR decision support tool will shortly be available to users of Best Practice and Medtech32 clinical software.

NPS RADAR reviews new drugs as they become available on the PBS and alerts the GP with a pop-up summary of key information the first time he or she prescribes the drug.

The tool is currently available in Medical Director and Genie software, but is now being added to Best Practice and Medtech32, with an updated version integrated into Genie.

Best Practice founder and CEO Frank Pyefinch said it would be available to users in the next release of Best Practice, which will be available shortly.

“We've had NPS patient information leaflets for some years now but the RADAR documents are more aimed at the prescriber,” Dr Pyefinch said.

“We've integrated them into our prescribing wizard so that where a drug is selected that has an NPS RADAR entry, that will be displayed as part of the step-wise sequence that users go through in generating the script.”

Rama Kumble, chief technology officer with Medtech Global, said his company had begun integration into Medtech32 this month.

“It will be available this month for beta customers and usually once the beta is complete it will be available for everybody,” Mr Kumble said. “We expect an August-September timeframe.

“The implementation is pretty straight forward and the doctors will see a button whenever there is an alert available, and they can take a look at it and take any action they need.”

NPS CEO Lynn Weekes said alerts are activated if there is current RADAR information available on a selected drug. The alerts highlight safety, dosing and patient counselling points that are relevant at the time of prescribing.

“The RADAR alert messages are designed to be clear, concise, and easily scannable,” Dr Weekes said. “Each alert is reviewed by a panel of GPs to ensure it aligns with day-to-day clinical practice, so it’s relevant information available at the GP’s fingertips.”

Dr Pyefinch said Best Practice will scan the NPS server every 24 hours to see if there is any updated material. “As soon as a new drug has information available, we will have it within Best Practice automatically. We have a little server in the background that is checking at random times.

“If a new drug is available on the market, when the doctor tries to prescribe it for the first time they'll get an NPS RADAR alert come up in the course of the prescribing process. They can elect to turn it off after it has popped up – by default it will only pop up three times, the first three times a drug is prescribed – so if a doctor wants to turn it off after the first time they can turn off that individual drug information without turning off the whole NPS RADAR system.

“From the little pop-up, which is usually just three or four dot points of major information, such as 'this should not be used in renal failure or is contraindicated in a patient with asthma', they also have a hyperlink to a full monograph of the drug, and that's available forever afterwards.”

Links to NPS RADAR are also integrated in eMIMS and MIMS Online, and all NPS RADAR articles, including in-brief news items, are freely available on the NPS website.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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