Preventing medicine related emergency department visits in people with renal impairment

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Opportunity

Use big data to improve medicine selection and dosing for patients suffering renal impairment.

Project objective

This project aims to create a clinical decision support tool to help healthcare professionals accurately prescribe medicines for patients with impaired kidney function.

Inaccurate medicine selection and dosing for people with poor kidney function is a common and preventable issue. A quarter of people with poor kidney function are on inappropriate medications, suggesting that interventions aimed at primary care prescribing could significantly reduce emergency department admissions.

The tool will be developed using a renal dosage calculator algorithm and will be informed by data from existing medicine knowledge databases. It will be delivered via an application program interface (API), allowing for easy integration with existing prescribing and/or dispensing software systems.

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