Why We Ask For A List Of Medications?

All new patients seen in our office are asked a series of health-related questions and to provide lists of medications, allergies, past surgeries and complications with anesthesia. These questions should be asked by all of your healthcare providers. All providers should be notified when or if a medication has been prescribed to maintain an accurate list of medications for the patient. This is to avoid or prevent any interactions with other oral medications by all providers on your healthcare TEAM.

Megan Rhule PMAC & Practice Representative

Below is an interesting advancement for the medical industry that could be beneficial to patients and your healthcare provider(s).

AI SYSTEM PREDICTS BILLIONS OF POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS FROM DRUG COMBINATIONS

An artificial intelligence system developed by researchers at Stanford University could ultimately help physicians make more informed decisions about which medications to safely prescribe. The AI system, called Decagon, can predict billions of potential side effects from drug combinations—no small feat given that there are nearly 125 billion possible side effects between all possible pairs of drugs, most of which have never been prescribed together or systematically studied.

Researchers contend that the predictions generated by the deep learning approach, once provided to doctors in a more user-friendly format, would significantly improve the current capability available to clinicians—namely, mere chance.

Source: Greg Slabodkin, Health Data Management [11/8/18]

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