The goal of STEPSTools - Safety Through Enhanced ePreScribing Tools - is to construct, pilot test, and evaluate generally-available tools that provide medication-specific knowledge about rounding and extemporaneous formulations necessary in small children. To accomplish this goal, the project's specific aims are to:
- Convene a panel of American Academy of Pediatrics and American Medical Informatics Association experts to construct a knowledge base of actionable data to guide e-prescribing systems in the appropriate rounding of calculated doses and selection of extemporaneous medication formulations
- Using established service-oriented architecture models, construct web services and a web-based client to provide access to the knowledge base
- To evaluate the usability and content validity of these web services, using a series of pediatric prescribing use cases, site visits to pilot users, and through an examination of the error rate of prescriptions generated with and without the use of these web services.
If successful, STEPSTools will provide a rapid platform for the dissemination and adoption of easily maintainable pediatric medication knowledge.