Minfos has collaborated with MIMS to incorporate their drug to drug and drug-allergy interaction alert modules into the Minfos Dispense workflow.

Using the MIMS up-to-date, evidence-based Clinical Decision Support modules, Minfos provides pharmacists with clear warnings on interactions between drugs, and alerts for a patient’s known allergy events directly from Minfos Dispense.

Having direct access to this information can assist pharmacists in delivering more efficient patient care as well as helping to reduce the likelihood of medication errors.

Note: This is not a replacement for eMIMS.                                 

The Interactions window

When a drug is selected in Dispense, Minfos scans the drug history of the selected patient and, using MIMS information, displays any drug-drug interaction warnings.

MIMS provides 4 levels of interaction severity defined as Severe, Moderate, Minor and Caution. You can set what level of alerts are displayed in the Interactions window.

In the example below, Coumadin has been selected for a patient during Dispense. Minfos has scanned the patient drug history and reported on potential interactions for Aspirin.

The following information is displayed:

a. Brand name of the drug selected in Dispense, route of administration, active ingredient name.

b. Severity icon, interaction observation, interacted active ingredient (as recorded in the patients dispense history) and the last time this drug was dispensed.

c. Click the Info button to display the Interaction Notes window which provides detailed information on the interaction and suggested precautions.

d. Prints the Interactions window summary information.

e. Prints the Interaction Notes window information, complete with the patient name and address.

f. Click OK to close the Interactions window.

Configure the Interactions Alert

There are two configuration settings that allow you to control the displayed warnings.

To set this configuration:

1. Click the Dispense icon on the Minfos Launch Pad.

2. Click the Maintenance menu select D. Configuration.

3. Select the Dispense / Customer tab.

4. Refer to the Drug Interactions groupbox.

a. This option allows you to set how far back Minfos will refer in the patient’s dispense history.
 Select the number of days in the past that Minfos will scan the patient’s dispense history in order to find potential interactions. By default, this is set to 180 days.

b. Set to ignore lower level interactions so that these do not prompt when dispensing. Choose between three levels of filtering for displayed interaction warnings.

Ignore Severity Level

Result in Minfos Dispense

1. Minor and lesser severity levels

Only Severe and Moderate warnings are displayed.

2. Caution and lesser levels

Severe, Moderate and Minor warnings are displayed.

3. None  (default)

All warnings, Severe, Moderate, Minor and Caution, are displayed.

 Note: The selection affects only the automatic interaction alerts that are displayed when a drug is selected in the Dispense form. Other areas where interactions are reported, e.g. the Interact button, will not be influenced by this selection.