Question: Ordering prescribers may search for a medication, find it in a "Preference List" of specialty-specific search results, then order it only to discover that it cannot be provided at the ordering facility. How can this happen?
Context: A medication order is initiated by performing a search for the desired item, form and dose. Order search results default to present any matching personalizations ("favourites" organized in a "Browse" tab in order search) first. The next "Preference List" tab gathers search results commonly ordered by one's specialty. Finally, a "Facility List" shows the AHS formulary (but not necessarily stock on hand at a local facility).
Answer: Effective mitigations include:
- Familiarity with local ordering options
Prescribers familiar with a facility will have developed awareness of any limitations to what can be ordered and promptly provided at that facility. Prescribers less familiar can always ask a colleague, or check with the facility on-call pharmacist.
- Preference Personalizations
Saving specific medications, including details of the form, dose, route and frequency, can build up a highly relevant quick-list that makes ordering easier and also ensures a good fit with fast facility medication provisioning.