Decision Support

Anticoagulation therapy for the prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in atrial fibrillation.

Terms and Conditions

The use of the Anticoagulation Therapy Decision Support tool (the ‘Tool’) is subject to the following terms and conditions (the ‘Terms’):

You accept the Terms by using the Tool featuring these Terms.

By accepting the Terms, you agree to use the Tool only for purposes that are permitted by (a) the Terms and (b) any applicable law, regulation or accepted practices or guidelines in the UK.

The Terms take effect from the date on which you first use the Tool. If you do not agree to be legally bound by the Terms please do not access and/or use the Tool.

In the event that changes are made to the Tool, including these Terms, you are legally bound by the updated or amended Terms from the first time that you access and use the Tool after the changes are made.

Introduction to the Tool

The copyright and other intellectual property rights of the Anticoagulation Therapy Decision Support tool are, and shall remain, the property of Keele University and Prescribing Decision Support Ltd.

The Tool was developed by Prescribing Decision Support Ltd (PDS Ltd) under an exclusive licence agreement with Keele University.  It was developed as part of a joint working group initiative comprising the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd and Prescribing Decision Support Ltd at the Centre for Medicines Optimisation, Keele University.  All three parties committed resources to the joint working project in line with ABPI Code requirements.

Using the Tool

You accept that this Tool is only intended for use by qualified healthcare professionals working within the United Kingdom.

You acknowledge and agree that the Tool is intended to support clinical decision-making and prescribing and not replace the healthcare professional’s clinical judgement. The healthcare professional user of the Tool must use his/her own professional and clinical judgment, and expertise, when considering and/or acting upon the prompts, alerts, notes and recommendations arising from using the Tool and that he/she is responsible for checking a drug’s summary of product characteristics to inform decisions made with individual patients. Keele University and PDS Ltd are not liable for any adverse reactions experienced by a patient as a result of a recommendation made by the Tool.

You agree to use the Tool only for lawful purposes, and in a manner that does not infringe the rights of, or restrict or inhibit the use of the Tool by any third party. Such restriction or inhibition includes, without limitation, conduct which is unlawful, or which may cause harm, harass or cause distress or inconvenience to any person.

Unless you have been specifically permitted to do so in a separate agreement with Keele University and PDS Ltd, you agree that you may not:

  • reproduce, duplicate, sell, trade or resell the Tool for any purpose;
  • copy, adapt, modify, create a derivative work of, reverse engineer, decompile or otherwise attempt to extract the source code of the Tool or any part thereof;
  • engage in any activity that interferes with or disrupts the Tool (or the servers and networks which are connected to the Tool).

Keele University and PDS Ltd shall have no liability to rectify any particular defect if attempts to rectify such defect other than normal recovery or diagnostic procedures have been made by you without our permission. We do not warrant or guarantee:

  • that we will be able to rectify all defects, nor that any defect which does not materially affect your operations using the Tool will be corrected;
  • that the Tool will operate in conjunction with any hardware items or software products other than with those identified;
  • that the Tool will operate uninterrupted or error free.

The Terms will continue to apply until terminated by either you, or Keele University / PDS Ltd as set out below:

  • should you decide to stop using the Tool at any time;
  • Keele University / PDS Ltd decide that the provision of the Tool in the UK is, in our opinion, no longer viable;
  • Keele University / PDS Ltd withdraws the Tool.

Storage of patient details

All users have the option of storing patient details or not. If users select the ‘YES’ option to store patient data, no patient data of any description is stored on external web servers owned by Keele University, PDS Ltd or any third party. All personally identifiable patient data is stored on the user’s computer, in the user’s browser, using HTML5 storage in browsers that support it and using cookies in browsers that do not support it. In older browsers, that do not offer HTML storage support, the space to store personally identifiable patient data is limited to 4Kb. In these browsers personally identifiable patient data will be stored for approximately your most recent 50 patient records. If the user clears HTML5 storage (or cookies in older browsers) personally identifiable patient data will be lost and the user will not be able to retrieve this data.

Although patient data is stored on your computer in an encrypted format, the user accepts full responsibility for maintaining the physical security of their own computer / tablet device and the data stored on it.

To prevent the storage of personally identifiable patient data on the user’s computer the user should select the ‘NO’ option to store patient details.

Updates

Keele University and PDS Ltd reserves the right to update and change the Tool at any time in order to address changes in clinical guidance and respective drug SPCs, improve functionality and reflect changing user and business needs.

Keele University / PDS Ltd also reserves the right to withdraw the Tool if and when its content is out of date and no longer consistent with clinical guidance.

External Links

Links contained in the Tool will lead to other websites which are not under our control. We are not responsible for the content of any linked site. Listing and linking should not be taken as an endorsement of any kind and we accept no liability in respect of the content. We cannot guarantee that these links will work all of the time and have no control over the availability of the linked pages.

Liability

We do not accept any liability to you for any of the following types of loss or damage (which you may suffer as a result of your use of the Tool) whether the losses were foreseen, foreseeable, unforeseen, unforeseeable, known, unknown or otherwise:

  • loss which arose when you first accessed or registered to use the Tool (even if that loss results from our failure to comply with these terms or our negligence);
  • any business loss you may suffer, including loss of revenue, loss of profits or loss of anticipated savings (whether those losses are the direct or indirect result of our default);
  • loss which you suffer other than as a result of our failure to comply with these Terms or our negligence or breach of statutory duty; any loss suffered due to the default of any party other than us;
  • we do not accept any liability to you if we fail, or are interrupted or delayed in the performance of any obligation because of: the non-availability or failure of any telecommunications or computer services, systems, equipment or software operated or provided by you or any third party; any other event not reasonably within our control.

Provided always that nothing in the Terms shall limited the liability of Keele University / PDS Ltd for fraud or for death or personal injury caused by their negligence.

General

If any of these terms are determined to be illegal, invalid or otherwise unenforceable then the remaining terms shall remain in full force and effect.

These terms shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of England and any dispute under them shall be heard in the courts of England.

If you have any questions about your use of the Tool, or if you wish to seek permission to use or report a suspected infringement of our intellectual property rights, please email anticoagulation_therapy@pds-keele.co.uk.

Prescribing Decision Support Ltd

Centre for Medicines Optimisation

School of Pharmacy
Keele University
Staffordshire
ST5 5BG

May 2015

© 2015 Prescribing Decision Support Ltd

© 2015 Keele University

Last updated on 25th July 2016, Version 1.1.0.

Developed as part of a joint working group initiative comprising the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Boehringer Ingelheim Ltd and Prescribing Decision Support Ltd at the Centre for Medicines Optimisation, Keele University.

Keele University and PDS Ltd reserves the right to update and change the Tool at any time in order to address changes in NICE clinical guidance and respective drug SPCs, improve functionality and reflect changing user and business needs.  Keele University / PDS Ltd also reserves the right to withdraw the Tool if and when its content is out of date and no longer consistent with NICE clinical guidance.

© 2016 Keele University
© 2016 Prescribing Decision Support Ltd