Groundbreaking software prevents re-exposure to harmful medications

Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute researcher Dr. Corinne Hohl is connecting hospitals to pharmacies across B.C. for the first time.  

The integration of Hohl’s ActionADE software with the provincial PharmaNet system has the potential to limit patient re-exposure to harmful prescription medications in real-time. Adverse drug events – known as ADEs – have resulted in approximately 1,500 deaths in B.C. every year, leading to increased emergency department admissions and health care expenditures.  

Hohl and her team are tracking patient participants whose ADEs are logged onto PharmaNet at Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care facilities. The ActionADE alert system displays a warning notification on a pharmacist’s monitor if they try to re-prescribe a medication that has previously caused a patient harm. 

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