At FDB (First Databank), we recognise that with the constantly changing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic these are unprecedented times. We understand the seriousness of the work being done by our healthcare provider and information system vendor colleagues and are deeply appreciative of all that they do.
We know that the task ahead for everyone will be challenging as we respond to this public health emergency, and we have made the following updates to our clinical decision support and medicines optimisation solutions.
Temporary hospital sites
Working alongside our vendor partners, FDB has agreed to provide Multilex free of charge to temporary COVID-19 field hospitals. This includes all the NHS Nightingale facilities already in operation or planned across the UK. This step will ensure that all field hospitals have the option to benefit from the UK’s leading e-prescribing and clinical decision support solution.
For the first time, the Multilex Drug database has included remdesivir, a trial medication being used in the treatment of COVID-19. The information pertaining to remdesivir will be available in the data upload in April. There is limited clinical information available at this time and will appear where a Multilex picklist is used. Other products that are being used, tested and trialled for the treatment of COVID-19 are being reviewed to ensure that the most relevant Clinical Decision Support is available.
SNOMED CT update
Our teams have fast tracked the latest SNOMED CT release through all of the technical and editorial stages of the publication process. This urgent integration of COVID-19 related codes into Multilex will allow FDB’s decision support to be fully functioning when users start encoding COVID-19 in clinical records. Read our statement here. We have also been in contact with our customers in order to offer support around COVID-19 and we have fast-tracked SNOMED data loading and carried out non-routine updates to further support customers.
OptimiseRx continues to provide prescribers with trusted content led by national guidance that is up to date, timely and specific to the patient.
We believe that now, more than ever, the best practice, safety and quality messages can be a great support to all those working with patients in primary care.
We are constantly reviewing the latest national guidance around COVID-19 and assessing its suitability for OptimiseRx messages, and we have authored national messages based on advice from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) which can be enabled in local areas.
Our teams are also working closely with our CCG customers to help them prioritise and promote the right messages to support GP practices with the demands they currently face.