HSAGlobal looks to share CCMS with pharmacy systems

Shared care software vendor HSAGlobal is running proof of concept trials with community pharmacies in the four Northern DHBs to see how pharmacists can use its CCMS solution to share medication adherence plans with GPs.

The plans are a requirement for extra funding under the Long Term Conditions Service developed under the new Community Pharmacy Services Agreement (CPSA).

HSAGlobal managing director Matt Hector-Taylor said pharmacists participating in the LCT Service are trialling how CCMS can improve coordination with other care team members for patients with complex medication needs.

The company ran workshops with 12 pharmacies in the Northern region last month and has now gone into the proof of concept stage with a view to a broader national roll-out in the near future.

“As a clinical system, CCMS supports patients through their whole journey of care, complementing existing pharmacy management systems (PhMS) which manage medication dispensing and payments,” Mr Hector-Taylor said.

“By providing access to a patient's shared care plan, which incorporates the medicines adherence plan, pharmacists can see some clinical background surrounding the patient's prescriptions and not just rely on the dispensing history available to them in their own PhMS.”

Mr Hector-Taylor said pharmacists can use this access to the shared care plan to help improve medications adherence and explain the medication regimen to patients in a more meaningful way. CCMS is the technology underlying NZ's National Share Care Plan program.

“Our overall goal is to improve adherence for approximately 135,000 New Zealand patients who qualify for the LTC Service funding,” he said.

“Once enrolled in CCMS, these patients can see their own medication adherence plan as well as an electronic yellow card via a secure patient portal. The traditional hand-held yellow card can still be printed for those patients who prefer not to use electronic devices.”

The company plans to work on further integration with existing systems so that CCMS and the patient record can launch inside PhMS, he said.

HSAGlobal has also sponsored a visit to New Zealand by Chad Boult, a professor of health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who will be speaking at the Australasian Long-Term Conditions Conference in Auckland on July 29 and 30.

Dr Boult is an expert in models of care for people with chronic illness and complex health needs.

Posted in New Zealand eHealth

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