You would think Pharmacy data would be easy – after all, how difficult can it be to capture a person’s medicine regime and display it to the health professionals who need to see it?
Well, if the physicians, pharmacists and specialists are all on different software and systems, and the patient has no access at all, it is close to being unsolvable.
Thanks to sterling support from the pharmacists and pharmacologists in New Zealand we have been working with, we have managed to convert pharmacy data into not only a more easily comprehensible display, but allow that display to be viewed in real-time by any health professional the patient chooses to authorize. Yes, that’s right; the patient owns the record, and is able to authorize the relevant health professionals to view it. With clinicians in New Zealand, we are collecting initial consent from the patient at community pharmacies, which are motivated through the writing of regular prescriptions to have repeat customers collect medications at their store.
The more we work on this, the more we find out the problems people are having with the current system that keeps patients effectively in the dark. We are creating a small brochure to describe LHD MedView™, and the printer who we are using for the job spent a few minutes telling me about his wife who is on a real cocktail of medicines, hardly any of which he could remember as she was whisked to hospital suddenly a couple of weeks back. It also turned out that when her regime was analyzed, it was not optimal to begin with and the hospital instigated a number of changes. Changes which her next GP visit will probably not have easy or even any access to!
It is staggering to think how much inefficiency, wastage and suboptimal outcomes occur simply because patient’s medicine regimes are not well stored nor tracked, nor optimized over time.
We are very happy to be able to release the beta of our new product, LHD MedView™, which we hope will go some way to help solving these issues. I will write about LHD MedView™ next week – I should also be able to include a live link to the product by then as well.
There are quite a few acquaintances in the USA waiting to see this product, so next week I will jet off to the USA to visit them. If you are in or near San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Washington DC or Boston area (possibly NY too), then let me know. I would be happy to meet up to chat a bit more about it and find out if it can be of benefit for you.
Yours in health,