The end of the paper drug chart

This story first appeared in the July 2014 issue of Pulse+IT Magazine.

Implementing an electronic medications management system is a hugely complex and difficult project for the acute care sector, but one where the benefits are most quickly realised through reductions in medications misadventure. In these case studies, we look at how eMM has been rolled out at private not-for-profit Cabrini Health, tertiary facility Austin Health, outer-metropolitan Peninsula Health, and the rural Portland Hospital.

Acute care software specialist InterSystems recently conducted an ad hoc survey of 30 Australian hospitals that are currently deploying or are planning to implement electronic medication management (eMM) systems to see how they are faring.

Most cited complexity and interoperability requirements as significant barriers to eMM implementations, with 26 public hospitals and four private hospitals reporting that while they all expected eMM to lead to increased patient safety, 60 per cent cited complexity or cost of interoperability as a significant barrier to deployment.

When asked how many other systems eMM would need to interoperate with, 47 per cent of hospitals said five to 10 systems and 20 per cent said 15-20, with the average number around 12.

Change management issues and difficulty in gaining clinical adoption were cited by about half of respondents as barriers, but most believed it was worth it.

Full details of these case studies are available online: Cabrini and Medchart, Portland Hospital and TrakCare, Austin/Peninsula and Cerner.

To read the full story, click here for the July 2014 issue of Pulse+IT Magazine.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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