Smart Meds, EMD’s side effect decision support tool is designed to add
adverse drug effects to the differential list and stimulate thinking about medication
effects when there is diagnostic doubt or question. Clinicians worldwide use Smart Meds
to improve diagnostic accuracy of adverse drug effects and find the correct
EMD’s side effect checker, Smart Meds is easy to use and is based on the same
system that doctors and nurses around the world rely on to help uncover drug side
effects. Using the latest natural language search technologies, the EMD Smart Meds
system can take a pattern of multiple drugs and symptoms and instantly compute
most likely drug side effects from a vast professional side effect database. EMD is
acknowledged as the clear leader in drug side effect tools.
By complementing the clinician’s knowledge and expertise, Smart Meds, along
with access to evidence-based content, can rapidly assist in determining or
confirming a diagnosis of a drug side effect and help answer the question “Could a
drug be the cause?”. Using Smart Meds to minimize delayed or missed diagnosis can
have a tremendous impact on treatment and downstream quality, safety, clinical and
Smart Meds is used as part of normal physician workflow. Data for patient
medications, side effect risk factors, and clinical features are entered directly or
received from the EMR, and a list of potential adverse drug effects are added to the
differential diagnosis. Each potential adverse drug effect is linked to clinical content
including professional sources of drug information, journal articles, abstracts, and
other resources that describe the side effect likelihood and risk factors. Smart Meds
can be customized to incorporate an institution’s web resources, guidelines and
protocols. Smart Meds seamlessly consolidates disparate information sources
and delivers pertinent information as part of the clinician’s workflow.
When the correct diagnosis
is determined the first time, treatments are most effective, referrals are more
appropriate or not necessary, ordered tests are more relevant, and waste (unnecessary
resource utilization and costs) is eliminated from the system. As healthcare moves to
managing the care of populations through Accountable Care Organizations, speed to
correct diagnosis and treatment is a fundamental driver for financial and clinical performance.
Smart Meds utilizes the EMD natural language processing engine, Smart Note,
to contextually extract pertinent clinical features (symptoms, labs, vitals, etc.), from EMR notes and automatically deliver them to the Smart
Meds tool. Utilizing the patient’s
list of drugs and clinical features, Smart
Meds produces a list of drug side effect possibilities for consideration. Smart
Meds presents both existing diagnoses from the EMR alongside the possible adverse
drug effects, affording more complete hypotheses. Each adverse drug effect is linked to reference
content from the professional drug literature to assist in decision making regarding
testing and treatment.
Smart Meds integrates with most EMR systems and can be used seamlessly as
part of normal workflow. Smart Meds can use various integration methods
(query string, HL-7, XML, API). When integrated, the patient information flows to
Smart Meds automatically and drive the production of the side effect diagnosis
list. Closing the loop, selected adverse medication effects can be sent back to the
Smart Meds access is available via network computers and mobile devices such
as iPhone, iPad, and Android-based smart phones..
Implementation is swiftly done in a few weeks and minimally impacts IT resources.