SNOMED-Compliant e-Prescribing in New ALERT and First DataBank Partnership

First DataBankSNOMED-compliant electronic prescribing will be rolled out at CircleBath Hospital in a new contract announced between First DataBank (FDB) and ALERT Life Sciences Computing (ALERT). FDB's Multilex Drug Data File (Multilex DDF) will be integrated with ALERTâ Paper Free Hospital to enable clinicians at CircleBath Hospital to benefit from innovative SNOMED-compliant electronic clinical decision support in prescribing, dispensing and administration.

Multilex DDF within ALERTâ Paper Free Hospital will check the medication about to be prescribed or dispensed against information held in the patient's electronic health record and trigger on-screen alerts when there is a potential risk of contraindications, drug-drug interactions or duplicate therapy.

ALERT is an international healthcare systems vendor with offices in Europe, USA, Middle East, Far East, and South America. ALERT's healthcare products for secondary care and primary care are well-established in several countries. Circle, the operator of CircleBath, is Europe's largest healthcare partnership and is ALERT's first UK customer. ALERTâ Paper Free Hospital, is a complete clinical software solution that produces paper free clinical environments with electronic medical records and management tools for hospitals.

Laurence Campbell, Managing Director of ALERT UK comments on the partnership with FDB: "FDB’s Multilex technology will enhance patient safety for our UK customers and will be an important element in successfully implementing ALERT's e-prescribing, dispensing and medicines administration processes, giving users greater efficiency and confidence."

Darren Nichols, Managing Director, First DataBank adds: "ALERT offers an innovative and technically-advanced product to the UK secondary care market. The organisation has synergies with FDB's UK and international operations, and we will work together to realise the opportunities which could result from such a partnership."

Andrew Haw, Chief Information Officer, Circle comments: "This is another important building block in our strategy to use leading edge technology solutions in our new hospitals. SNOMED is key for us in the recording of all clinical information, pathways and documentation, as it will significantly enhance our ability to measure outcomes on a real time basis. We are delighted to be working with First DataBank and ALERT on this exciting implementation."

The system is planned to go live in CircleBath Hospital in February 2010.

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About First DataBank
First DataBank Europe (FDB) is the world's leading provider of drug knowledge bases and active clinical decision support. With over 30 years’ experience of maintaining, developing and integrating drug knowledge bases across the entire healthcare spectrum, FDB has unrivalled expertise and knowledge in this specialist field. NHS Connecting for Health has chosen FDB to provide drug-related clinical decision support.

Patient safety is the driving force behind our business. Through the effective integration of our products into clinical systems, we enable safer prescribing, dispensing and administration.

Our Multilex Drug Data File - the UK's most comprehensive and widely used drug knowledge base - is in daily use by thousands of healthcare professionals in the UK.

For further information visit www.firstdatabank.co.uk.

About CircleBath
CircleBath is a brand new hospital run in a brand new way. Designed by Foster + Partners and due to open in February 2010 the hospital is a purpose built, twenty-first century facility that combines state of the art technology with a patient-centric philosophy to the delivery of healthcare through a unique partnership model where the hospital is owned by everyone who works there.

For further information visit http://www.circlehealth.co.uk.

About ALERT Life Sciences Computing
ALERT® is a suite of clinical software solutions for healthcare that produce paper-free clinical environments in all care settings. ALERT® is a patient-centred solution for Electronic Medical Records that integrates with other clinical systems to provide a seamless and completely integrated view of clinical records. ALERT® can be implemented in Hospitals, Primary Care Centres, Private Practices. ALERT® uses First DataBank products to support the electronic prescribing and medicines administration aspects of its products.

For further information visit www.alert-online.com.

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