Reducing unwanted side effects and dangerous drug interactions? There’s an app for that. A new study by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine polled nursing home doctors about how they used their smartphones in their practice. Nearly half of them, more commonly the younger ones, say they use their smartphones to check drug information. Of those who are making use of the technology 75% are checking drug information more than three times a day.
Most report that this kind of information does in fact bring to light adverse drug reactions that they would not have caught using slower, outdated nursing home computer systems. Drug events are linked to 93,000 nursing home deaths a year, about half of which are thought to be preventable. Making prescriptions safer with smartphones might not be such a bad idea for the doctors who haven’t warmed up to the practice yet. See artilce at Philly.com.