Preventing Drug-Related Patient Injury and Death With Advanced, Cost-Effective Technology Systems-Alan Jacobs, MD, PhD-05/06/2014 - 8:30am

Event Information
Event Topic: 
Preventing Drug-Related Patient Injury and Death With Advanced, Cost-Effective Technology Systems
Event Date: 
05/06/2014 - 8:30am
Event Location: 
Sunnyvale City Council Chambers, 456 West Olive Ave., Sunnyvale, CA
Speaker Information
Event Speaker: 
Alan Jacobs, MD, PhD
Event Speaker Title: 
Founder & CEO
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Event Speaker Bio: 

Dr. Alan Jacobs has extensive experience leading international teams in the research and development of therapeutics and medical devices. He began his research and development career at Elan Pharmaceuticals where he designed and managed clinical drug trials, drug development protocols and safety infrastructures for investigating treatments of traumatic brain injury and peri-operative pain management. Dr. Jacobs led the clinical development of novel therapeutics at Layton BioScience and Titan Pharmaceuticals before serving as CMO and Vice President of Clinical Research at Stem Cells, Inc., where he led the clinical team developing novel treatments for Batten’s disease.

Dr. Jacobs is currently the founder and CEO of PerceptiMed, where he has focused on creating technology that will eliminate medication errors in retail pharmacies, long-term care facilities and hospitals. He is co-inventor of the IdentRx™ medication verification system, which removes the margin for human error in oral medication dispensing and administration.

Dr. Jacobs received a B.S.E.E. from Cornell University and a M.S.E.E from Stanford University. He also holds a Medical Doctorate from the School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from the David Mahoney Institute of Neuroscience, University Pennsylvania, where he was a Fellow, in the Medical Scientist Training Program of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Dr. Jacobs completed an internship in General Surgery and was a resident in Neurological Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center.

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In the United States, each year more than 800,000 preventable drug-related injuries occur in long-term care facilities. A national study of retail pharmacy prescription dispensing accuracy documented an average error rate of 1.7%, with 4.4 million of these errors having the potential to cause serious harm.

Innovative, cost-effective systems for medication dispensing and administration in long-term care facilities and pharmacies are urgently needed to prevent these serious errors, and the resultant patient harm. PerceptiMed has developed groundbreaking technology capable of determining the composition and dosage of individual solid dosage medications in real-time. Dr. Jacobs will discuss how new technologies such as this will help eliminate the factor of human error in oral medication dispensing and administration.