Webstercare integrates with Manad Plus for medications admin

Medications management specialist Webstercare has integrated its MedSig medication administration record system with Manad Plus, a care management solution developed by aged care software vendor Management Advantage.

Manad Plus is now able to communicate new admissions or changes in resident details directly to MedSig, with data then sent to the nominated pharmacist's system.

The integration means MedSig can also communicate information back to Manad Plus, including any medications that are not administered, and have progress notes inserted into the resident record.

Webstercare developed MedSig as a paperless signing solution for aged care nursing staff when administering medications. It includes a touchscreen computer that sits on the medications trolley and includes prompts if a resident hasn't been given their medications.

Data includes medications details, dosage times and resident photos, and it communicates directly with the pharmacy through Webstercare's secure data centre. The system will not allow nurses to finish with a patient until all medication has been given or a reason for a missed round recorded.

Webstercare says that one of the benefits of electronic systems for medication administration is that they log the time it takes to administer every resident medication in every round, which is taken into account for ACFI funding.

Manad Plus is Microsoft .NET based system that includes a number of modules, including full care planning, administration and management. Management Advantage has partnered with other software solutions such as Argus for secure messaging and RiskMan for risk management.

Webstercare CEO Gerard Stevens said in a statement that collaboration and interoperability between aged care software providers offered significant opportunities for aged care facilities.

“Many aged care facilities face enormous financial and operational pressures and these are exacerbated by the ageing population and government funding pressures,” Mr Stevens said.

He said the two companies had invested considerable time and energy to come up with a solution that integrates the systems.

“The result will benefit our aged care facility partners by helping to improve efficiencies and enhance patient safety by reducing the chance of transcribing errors,” Mr Stevens said.

“Collaboration has to be considered ‘the new black’ in this industry whenever it can lead to improved efficiencies and patient safety. So we’ll continue to consider collaborating with other aged care service providers whenever such positive outcomes are attainable.”

Management Advantage CEO Peter Staples said this sort of collaboration was “by far the most cost efficient way to go”.

“[C]omplimentary systems effectively spread development costs and end up giving other spin-offs that benefit the client,” he said.

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