Drug-drug interaction (DDI) alerts are supposed to help clinicians reduce risk of prescribing medications that may result in adverse drug events. The adverse events reflect medications that, when prescribed together, can cause bad events and outcomes for patients. But it is well proven that “alert fatigue” does harm, and in this case, negatively impacts any favorable intents or efficacy of avoiding DDIs. Alert fatigue, including for DDIs, happens because of the onerous number of alerts considered low-value by clinicians and information overload, causing prescribers to override or ignore alerts as often as 98% of the time. Another reason for limited impact of DDI-related alerts is that, for some specialties, the prescribing of the drug combinations tagged as DDI risks are commonplace and already proven to be good, efficacious medication approaches – cardiology among the most frequent. The medical staff at […]

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ACE12 Day Two (cont.)

 To close Day Two of ACE12, attendees joined the Allscripts team for a party at Navy Pier, the iconic Chicago theme-park-on-a-dock. Judging by the client reaction, Allscripts lived up to its reputation for throwing some of the best parties in healthcare. There were four Chicago-themed areas for hanging out with colleagues and exploring the neighborhoods, music and cuisine that make Chicago famous.  There was a Summer carnival and Midwestern fair on the rooftop. There was a band for virtually every musical taste — blues, dueling pianos, pop and hip-hop. There was Chicago’s incomparable skyline, and, of course, fireworks over Lake Michigan. A good time was had by all.   Before heading out to party, though, attendees soaked up more of the meaningful education at the root of ACE12, most of it led by clients. Sessions that attracted serious attention included, to […]