A web based system to optimise drug treatment in elderly people
Inappropriate medication and other drug-related problems in elderly people is a major public health issue. This new EIT Health project aims to optimise drug treatment among elderly people through a patient-centred decision support system, called miniQ.
The miniQ EIT Health project consists of three core partners; Karolinska Institutet, the University Hospitals of Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust / West Midlands Academic Health Science Network, and the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid; and one project partner, the Swedish company Quality Pharma. The project is led by Kristina Johnell, Professor of Geriatric Pharmacoepidemiology at Karolinska Institutet's Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, and affiliated to the Aging Research Center (ARC), a collaboration of Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm University.
miniQ is a web based system that can be integrated with existing electronic medical record softwares. The miniQ system monitors drug use in elderly people, based on established quality criteria, and can be used to aid drug prescription and drug utilization reviews. The system is also accessible by physicians, nurses, patients, relatives, pharmacists and clinical pharmacologists, ensuring that drug-related problems can be quickly identified and resolved.
Today miniQ is implemented in several parts of Sweden. The goal of this new EIT Health project is to adapt and disseminate the miniQ system to other European settings, starting with UK and Spain. The work includes translating the softwares, adapting to other sets of quality criteria, national drug formularies and services and integrating with existing electronic medical record systems.
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