Can computer alerts when patients fail to fill their scripts help GPs?
Researchers from Flinders University in Adelaide have developed software that trawls through Medicare claims and PBS data on the My Health Record to identify missed prescription refills and mental health care plan reviews.
It does this by using an algorithm based on best-practice guidelines for treatment of mental health conditions.
The hope is that interventions, like medication reviews or compliance aids, can be put in place to prevent deterioration or relapse of their condition.
The researchers conducted an eight