Implementation and effect of a novel electronic medical record format for patient allergy information

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Adverse drug events (ADEs) are critical. Approximately 10% of fatal ADEs are believed to be allergic reactions. Therefore, sharing patient allergy information is beneficial to medical staff members in avoiding potentially lethal complications. We previously performed a nationwide study of patient allergy information in Japanese hospitals. The report showed that most of the responding hospitals needed a standard format for reporting the information. To establish this, we implemented a novel format for recording patient allergy information into the hospital information system at Tohoku University Hospital; this format was created through vigorous discussion among medical staff members with a variety of specialties, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, and medical safety managers. In this study, we followed the amount of inputted allergy information and the number of incidents involving medication after implementation. The amount of allergy information inputted increased slightly. Although incidents involving medication also increased slightly, ADEs due to allergy significantly decreased. We believe that our findings will be useful in helping to determine the optimal characteristics of drug allergy information and to improve the dissemination of information regarding potential allergens and subsequent ADEs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBuilding Continents of Knowledge in Oceans of Data
Subtitle of host publicationThe Future of Co-Created eHealth - Proceedings of MIE 2018
EditorsAdrien Ugon, Daniel Karlsson, Gunnar O. Klein, Anne Moen
PublisherIOS Press BV
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781614998518
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event40th Medical Informatics in Europe Conference, MIE 2018 - Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: 2018 Apr 242018 Apr 26

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


Other40th Medical Informatics in Europe Conference, MIE 2018


  • Adverse drug event
  • Allergy
  • Medical Safety
  • Patient profile

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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