Drug and Allergy Interaction Checking
Drug to Drug and Drug to Allergy interactions are checked each time a prescription is processed through the Rx Manager whether it is to be sent electronically, faxed or printed.
The severity of the interactions the user wants to be alerted to is a setting under Tools > Security, which will also be covered in this lesson.
*REQUIRED FOR MEANINGFUL USE: CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE MEANINGFUL USE ROADMAP
SMARText Medications and Allergies
In order for the drug interaction check to work, the patient's Summary medications and allergies must be documented in the SMARText format.
If the patient has no allergies the SMARText Item Drug Allergies: No Known must be displayed to meet Meaningful Use criteria.
When the Rx manager is accessed, if an interaction is found a pop up a color coded alert will display in the lower left hand corner of the screen.
- Red - Major Interaction (show in screenshot above)
- Yellow - Moderate interaction
- Green - Minor Interaction
Viewing the Interactions
The interactions can be viewed by either clicking on the alert pop up, or by clicking on the View Interactions button on the Rx Pad.
Interaction Information - Overview Tab
The Overview tab will display:
- The severity of the interaction.
- The type of interaction (e.g. drug/drug or drug/allergy).
- The drug and conflict item.
- An overview on monitoring and management.
Interaction Information - Combined Tab
The Combined tab will breakdown each interaction with monitoring and management information.
The Copy button allows the user to copy then paste information into the patient's chart.
The Print button allows the user to print out the information for the patient.
Interaction Severity Settings
Within Security Settings is an area to designate what level of interaction a user wishes to be alerted about.
For more information, please see: Security - Drug Interaction Filtering.