GCC HIMSS Webinar: Effective Drug-Drug Interaction Alerts at the Point of Computer Provider Order Entry

May 3, 12:00pm, CDT - 1:00pm, CDT


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Drug-drug interaction (DDI) alerts within the electronic health record are often not perceived as beneficial by providers. Electronic clinical decision support systems are not being leveraged to their optimal intended use. This combination contributes to potentially increased risks to patients. This presentation describes factors that affect provider response to critical DDI alerts and presents a process model for more effective use of the DDI alert system. A comparative analysis between recommended best practice for DDI alerts and one hospital’s system was conducted. Disparity was found related to technology and content factors or characteristics. Consideration and application of these best practices requires interprofessional review and decision making process, with ongoing governance to support and sustain the DDI alert system.

Event Objectives: 

  1. Examine technical factors that influence end user acceptance of drug-drug interaction alerts.
  2. Examine drug-drug interaction content factors that promote confidence and a more favorable response from providers related to drug-drug interaction alerts.
  3. Describe the need for an inter-professional governance system to not only implement drug-drug interaction alerts, but to maintain and sustain the credibility of the drug-drug alert system.
  4. Apply theories of Davis’s technology acceptance model (TAM) and Ajzen’s theory of planned behavior (TPB) to a governance structure for drug-drug interaction alert systems.
  5. Describe the process to complete a comparative analysis of an electronic health record drug-drug interaction alert system to best practice recommendations.


Lea Ann Arnold, MS, RN

Lea Ann Arnold, MS, RN: Currently serving as the Informatics Nursing Leader at Northwestern Medicine, Chicago, IL. Lea Ann transitioned into healthcare IT 6 years ago, and has participated in two EMR implementations. She has had responsibilities for various IT services, such as billing, registration, coding and documentation, clinical inpatient services and ambulatory services. Lea Ann is currently a DNP student at University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL, and plans to graduate May, 2016.