Plan to allow adverse drug event reporting from medical software
The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has invited medical software vendors to take part in a project to build a web service to make adverse drug event reporting easier for doctors and other clinicians.
The pilot project is due to run until April, when the TGA plans to make the web service available for free to software vendors and able to be integrated into desktop and mobile devices.
Vendors involved in the project will need to develop a reporting interface within their software and to test the transmission of reports using the web service from the software to the TGA in XML format.
The TGA said reports of adverse events from health professionals are essential to its safety monitoring activities, but that the time required is a significant barrier to reporting by health professionals.
“Providing an adverse event reporting mechanism in medical software, particularly one that allows reports to be automatically populated from clinical record data, has been suggested as a way of reducing the time required to find, complete and send reporting forms,” the TGA said.
“Any company providing software to health professionals – such as general practitioners, hospital and community pharmacists, specialists and nurses – who submit reports of adverse events to medicines is welcome to participate.
“The web service will be compatible with both mobile and desktop devices.”
It said the development of the adverse event report web service is one of a number of projects that the TGA is currently undertaking to encourage adverse event reporting by health professionals and consumers. It is doing this by improving access to methods for reporting, promoting the reporting system, and educating health professionals about how and why to report.
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