AutumnCare takes Medicate on the road

Aged care software vendor AutumnCare will kick off a national roadshow of its Medicate medication management module in Perth next week.

Medicate was launched at the Information Technology in Aged Care (ITAC) conference in Melbourne last year, with an update released in April.

AutumnCare's managing director Stuart Hope said Medicate was designed from an aged care clinical rather than a pharmacy perspective, with a closed loop approach taken to clinical practice.

The closed loop approach with multiple indicators and advice helps ensure proper documentation and follow up of the administration of medications, Mr Hope said.

“For instance, if a PRN is given ... we automatically create a note properly categorised, flag it for hand-over, and can notify clinicians if an organisation's processes require it. We also graph the time of administration. The nurses have to sign off on all medications they administer, or give a reason why they haven't.”

Medicate is integrated into the company's primary aged care solutions, Enterprise and Harmony, which are offered to aged care providers depending on size and type of service. It is also fully integrated with a number of pharmacy systems, including FredPak and Webstercare.

The showcase will involve a full demonstration of the system by AutumnCare's Eileen Ross, a registered nurse, as well as Irene Mooney of aged care provider Quambie Park Waroona, one of the first facilities in Western Australia to implement Medicate.

“The efficiency of our medication management process was not conducive to our organisational goals due to the time and effort that was consuming our facility’s staff and potential risks for error,” Ms Mooney said.

“Now, Medicate has eliminated the need for manual medication charts, reducing the risk of errors caused by poor communication, and errors in transcription and interpretation of medication information.”

AutumnCare recently released version 4.4 of its enterprise-grade product, featuring a way to take a photo using any Windows-based device that allows the photo to be added to the patient's record, including photos of wounds that can be directly embedded into the wound management assessment form.

The showcase will kick off in Perth on September 5 with national tour dates for additional states to be announced.

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