Clinical decision support specialist, First DataBank Europe (FDBE) has released live condition checking content within its drug knowledge base, the Multilex Drug Data File (Multilex DDF).

The new content supports the SNOMED CT based condition checking functionality, released in July 2006, and means that patient data recorded using SNOMED CT codes can be used within a Multilex DDF condition check.

FDBE’s clinical decision support runs several active checks, including a condition check, to determine whether the medication and patient profile adversely interact. The condition check determines whether the selected medication has contraindication or precaution alerts associated with the age, sex or concurrent conditions of the patient.

The announcement follows on from FDBE’s release last year of live SNOMED CT and dm+d based sensitivity checking content. Both developments were undertaken to comply with NHS Connecting for Health guidance on the use of SNOMED CT as the language of the NHS Care Records Service.

Sales and marketing director, Keith Kirtland, said: “This is a major milestone for FDBE as it represents the final piece of work to integrate SNOMED CT into Multilex DDF. Building upon this foundation of modernised standards and interoperability, FDBE is now focusing on a range of exciting new decision support enhancements for 2008/9.”