Sydney becomes one of the first metro LHDs to implement eMeds in all inpatient sites

Electronic medication milestone

April 2019

Sydney becomes one of the first metro LHDs to implement eMeds in all inpatient sites

Sydney becomes one of the first metro LHDs to implement eMeds in all inpatient sites

Sydney Local Health District is celebrating a major milestone in our digital transformation after completing the rollout of the Electronic Medication Management System (eMeds) across all acute facilities.

With Canterbury Hospital’s successful eMeds go-live on April 9, Sydney became one of the first metropolitan local health districts to implement the system in all main inpatient sites.

eMeds replaces paper medical charts with an electronic system for prescribing, dispensing and administering patient medications. The system, developed by Cerner, helps improve the quality, safety and effectiveness of medication management and patient care and is integrated with the electronic medical record (eMR).

At an event held to celebrate Canterbury Hospital’s eMeds rollout, Executive Director of Operations Dr Tim Sinclair described it as an “incredible milestone” for the District.

“I’m really proud to say that we’ve implemented the Electronic Medication Management program across all main inpatient facilities in Sydney Local Health District,” Dr Sinclair said.

The District began its eMeds journey over a decade ago at Concord Hospital, which piloted the program in 2007.

The pilot showed a significant reduction in prescription errors and in 2015 Concord Hospital became the first site in NSW to successfully implement eMeds across the facility, winning a Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Sector Management for the project.

Chief Information Officer Richard Taggart said changing from a paper-based, traditional model to a digital system is a huge organisational change which requires complex technology to implement.

“Whether patients come into the emergency department and need pain relief, come into hospital for surgery, or for a longer period of time, it’s likely that medication will be part of their experience, and there are a lot of steps in that process,” he said.

“We, at Sydney Local Health District, have been able to contribute our knowledge and experience to other districts going live with eMeds and we’ve also been able to benefit from their going live experience, to help our own. So it has been a real collaborative effort.”

To learn more about the eMeds go-live see https://www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/sydneyconnect/videos.html

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