Drug Allergy Interactions

The below page will explain how TRAKnet 3.0 presents drug-allergy and drug-drug interaction alerts.

Drug-Allergy, Drug-Drug Interactions

Drug-Allergy and Drug-Drug Interactions are a built in feature implemented into TRAKnet 3.0 through the Surescripts module of e-prescribing. They are automatic alerts that will populate if a drug-drug or drug-allergy interaction conflict occurs. While interaction alerts will pop automatically, they can also be manually checked on a variety of screens in the Medications, Allergies and E-Prescribing windows with the "check interactions" button.

Understanding Interaction Alerts

As previously stated, interaction alerts will automatically generate if a patient has an interaction that needs addressed. This will primarily happen when writing a prescription, as the following screenshots demonstrate. In this scenario, our patient is allergic to cephalosporins. They are being prescribed Keflex. The following steps will explain this alert:

When moving through the prescription window, the first alert will immediately appear as soon as the medication in question has been selected under the Select Medication tab. It will be a blue hyperlink, stating "Drug alerts were found." This can be clicked to view the alert; if it is not clicked manually, it will open automatically upon clicking "Next," forcing the user to address the interaction alert.


The Medication Alerts pop-up screen will appear as seen below:


This screen will contain several portions:

  • At the top of the screen, you will see the name of the selected medication. In our case, Keflex (cephalexin).
  • Type - What type of interaction is it? Drug to Allergy or Drug to Drug.
  • Severity - The level of severity for that interaction, e.g. Severe, Moderate.
  • Description - What the interaction is against, such as cephalosporins in our case.
  • Change Severity - Clicking this button will allow you to change the severity level of the interaction. This can be either Severe, Moderate, or Mild.
  • The final, bottom portion of the window contains a brief description of why the alert is happening.

Clicking "OK" is the provider's acknowledgement that the benefits outweigh the risks and will continue the prescription writer to the next step.

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