MiniQ – A Web-Based System to Optimize Drug Treatment in Elderly People (European Institute of Innovation & Technology Health Project)

PI: Kristina Johnell, kristina.johnell@ki.se

Inappropriate medication and other drug-related problems in elderly people are major public health issues. MiniQ is a patient-centered decision support system that monitors drug use in elderly people on the basis of established quality criteria. It can be used to aid in drug prescription and drug utilization reviews and can be accessed by physicians, nurses, patients, relatives, pharmacists, and clinical pharmacologists, ensuring that drug-related problems can be quickly identified and resolved.

MiniQ was developed in Sweden and is already in use in several parts of the country. The goal of this new European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) health project is to adapt and disseminate the miniQ system to other European settings, starting with the United Kingdom and Spain. The work includes translating the software; adapting it to other sets of quality criteria, national drug formularies, and services; and integrating it with existing electronic medical record systems.

The miniQ EIT health project has three core partners: Karolinska Institutet, the University Hospitals of Birmingham National Health Service Foundation Trust/West Midlands Academic Health Science Network, and the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. There is also one project partner, the Swedish company Quality Pharma Medtech International AB.