A new IT system developed by Danish entrepreneurial company Daintel can help reduce the extent of incorrect prescribing of medicines in intensive care units, reports financial daily newspaper Børsen. Odense University Hospital has tested Daintel's Critical Information System (CIS) for three months, and consultant at the hospital, Jens Schierbeck, assesses that it can halve incorrect prescribing.
Medication in certain situations in an intensive care unit requires reading of textbooks for half an hour. "In comparison, it takes less than one minute with the new system to determine a dose, at the same time as it registers the medication. It means more rapid and secure handling of our patients," says Schierbeck.
CIS can also prevent medication being given for too long, because it produces a warning when it is time to terminate its use. "Certain drugs can cost over thousand kroner per dose, so there are large amounts to save," says the consultant, adding that the system also can save money in terms of patients being discharged faster from hospital.
Twenty clinical experts from twelve hospital wards have taken part in developing CIS. The director of Daintel, Patrick Hulsen, says: "The solution is perhaps the first genuine user-driven innovation of its kind in the health care sector." Hulsen expects that around half of Denmark's intensive care units will be using the system during this year.