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FDBE to offer mobile access to Multilex DDF

First DataBank Europe : 22 April, 2008  (New Product)
The UK's leading drug knowledge base, the Multilex Drug Data File (Multilex DDF), will soon be available to access by healthcare professionals on the move, following the development of a new drug reference application for mobile devices.
Working in partnership with Swedish software company MedHand International, First DataBank Europe (FDBE) is going to offer the ability to browse Multilex DDF via a mobile device.

Demonstrations of the application are available on PDAs at Healthcare Computing 2008 in Harrogate, UK (April 21 to 23, 2008), where FDBE is encouraging feedback from healthcare professionals.

The application has been developed to aid the prevention of medication errors, improve Patient safety at the point of care and save clinicians time by providing rapid access to drug information in any clinical setting or while on the move.
The user-friendly interface offers quick and easy access to relevant reference data such as information on dosage, indications, drug interactions, contraindications and side effects, which supports clinicians with their decision making. Enabling access to Multilex DDF on the move will also ensure that FDBE's expertise is available to support all clinical professionals throughout the duration of a patient's treatment, rather than just at the point at which the prescription is issued or dispensed.

Anne Cole, hospital pharmacist and employee of FDBE commented, 'Prescribing and monitoring of drug therapy does not necessarily occur where there is easy access to a computer system. From a clinician's perspective, the ability to access vast amounts of drug information on the move is an attractive proposition and will reduce the frequent need for pharmacists to return to the pharmacy department to access data. Portable access to Multilex DDF will be of immediate use in practice, enabling clinicians to make the best use of what is available here and now, while awaiting the roll out of electronic prescribing and administration systems.'
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