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Wed 24 Aug, 2011
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This technology provides a marvellous opportunity to greatly increase the ease of access to drug interaction information

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The University of Liverpool has launched an iPhone application - HIV iChart - that provides healthcare professionals and HIV patients with instant and easy access to information about drug interactions.


iPhone App (HIV iChart) launched to access HIV drug expertise

The University of Liverpool has launched an iPhone application - HIV iChart - that provides healthcare professionals and HIV patients with instant and easy access to information about drug interactions.

HIV iChart is a tool that provides HIV patients and healthcare professionals with immediate access to information on potential drug interactions between anti-HIV drugs and other medications that a patient with the virus may be taking.

Professor David Back, Professor of Pharmacology, said: “We are delighted to launch this application for iPhones that will provide HIV patients and healthcare professionals with instant and easy access to information about HIV drug interactions that is relevant, reliable and up-to-date. HIV iChart can be used on a hospital ward or in a clinic, in primary-care units, health centres and the community.



In addition to the HIV drugs interaction website, this new tool will increase awareness of how to manage the disease more effectively.”

Dr Ian Williams, Chair of the British HIV Association (BHIVA), said: “This technology provides a marvellous opportunity to greatly increase the ease of access to drug interaction information. This is a way of helping to maintain best practice.”

HIV iChart is available free of charge and can be downloaded from the App store in iTunes. The application is compatible with both the iPhone and iPod touch and only requires web access for the initial download and updates.

Based on the University-developed website - www.hiv-druginteractions.org - which was developed to provide an up-to-date, evidence-based drug interaction resource, freely available to healthcare workers, patients and researchers providing up to date information on interactions which could occur between various anti-HIV drugs, and other medications sometimes prescribed to HIV+ patients.

The application has been created by the HIV Pharmacology Group at the University of Liverpool and developed with eMedFusion, a division of the KnowledgePoint360 Group. It is supported by the Elton John AIDS Foundation, MSD and Janssen.

HIV iChart was launched at the Tenth International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection which was held at the SECC in Glasgow.

 

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