Electronic Medication Management Systems – Overview

An EMM system is a system of prescribing, supplying and administration of medications. All the medication activities doctor prescriptions, review and dispense by a pharmacist, and administration by nurse are managed through this system.  EMM system increases patient safety by improving prescription legibility, right amount of dose calculation, and clinical decision support thus reduces medication errors.  EMM system ensure safe onscreen display of information related to particular medication, error alerts and dose calculators with prompts to check certain pathology or clinical information with certain drugs.  EMM system refers National Tall Man Lettering list when prescribing similar sounded medicines to distinguish from one another. For example niFEDIPine and niMODIPine are two similarly sounding drugs. Read more

Medication Compliance App

Medication compliance and adherence are the two main issues have to be handled when dealing patients with chronic illness such as diabetes, asthma, cardiac condition etc. Medication compliance refers to the degree to which the patient follows a health provider advice correctly and adherence refers to the behavior of patient related to that advice such as prescription fills and refills on time. Both medication non-compliance and non-adherence may have serious effects on the patient health and chance of relapse. Read more

Understanding HL7 transports – ebXML

ebXML is a family of XML standards developed by OASIS (the Organisation for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) and UN/CEFACT (United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business) to provide an interoperable, secure an open XML based infrastructure that enables the global use of electronic business information for all the trading partners. It enables traders to implement e-business solutions for exchanging data in an agreeable format with others. Read more

NEHTA Overview and Its Impact on health services

National E-Health Transition Authority is an Australian and state government’s funded lead organisation formed to support and oversee Australian national vision for e-Health. It provides necessary infrastructure and solutions to form a secure, safe and efficient health system to be used by providers and patients. Read more

DICOM overview

DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) is an international standard used for storing, integrating and exchanging medical image data. DICOM is mainly used in radiology, cardiology imaging, x-ray, CT, MRI etc. and one of the widely used medical standards by clinicians in the world.

DICOM was established in 1982. Back in olden days exchanging medical images from one device/software to other was a cumbersome process because of different formats adopted by device. It involves conversion of source image into target device specific format. Also storing images with patient information. DICOM created to solve these compatibility issues. The main purpose of this standard is to enable interoperability among various medical devices/software’s to create, exchange and view medical image files without any specific conversion. Read more

HealthCare Identifiers for Individual and Provider

Recent National E-Health implementation added additional identifiers IHI, HPI-I and HPI-O can be used for an individual and provider on top of existing identifiers such as Medicare, Insurance etc. Different identifiers are used for different purposes for example insurance identifier is used when sending  insurance information to identify specific individual, IHI number used when accessing PCEHR, organisation may use one Medicare number for billing purposes and other for administrative purposes. Read more

Australian HealthCare Identifiers and Service

Healthcare identifiers (HI) Service developed by the federal, state and territory governments that uniquely identifies healthcare providers and consumers. These identifiers are important building blocks of E-Health in Australia and used to enable PCEHR system and are used on medical documents, patient wrist bands, tokens etc. Read more

Algorithms for DNA related analysis – Introduction

Before discussing about algorithms, I will discuss some frequent terms used in DNA analysis. I’m not a biological student but one who uses algorithms  for DNA mappings, sequencing related analysis need to understand frequently used terms around DNA Read more