If we expect clinicians to drive clinically and fiscally efficient care, we have to provide them with appropriate metrics at the point of care. The Medication Smart Ribbon® includes the following:
Clinicians see a list of scheduled medications ordered by cost per day, highlighting any medications that have a clinically equivalent switch that is significantly cheaper.
The ribbon graphs the number of scheduled meds by hospital day, so that an alarming increase can be easily seen.
As the number of scheduled medications increase, so does the associated risk of adverse drug reactions and drug/drug interactions.
Patients receiving antibiotics and/or proton-pump inhibitors are at an increased risk of acquiring C. difficile. This risk should be accounted for during physician ordering. IllumiCare presents the probability of acquiring C. difficile that is associated with each of these scheduled medications.