New system allows IV fluids to be managed from anywhere in hospital
Concord Hospital has successfully implemented a new system that enables doctors, nurses and pharmacists to manage intravenous (IV) fluids electronically.
eMeds Infusions is part of the Electronic Medication Management System (eMeds) and replaces paper medical charts with an electronic system for prescribing, dispensing and administering patients’ IV fluids.
The system is designed to improve patient safety and care by allowing clinicians to manage IV fluids from anywhere in the hospital and ensuring they have accurate and up-to-date information at their fingertips.
The new system is integrated with the Electronic Medical Record (eMR) and is another step forward in Sydney Local Health District’s digital transformation.
“It’s a great development,” Dr Angus Ritchie, the District’s Chief Medical Information Officer, said. “We now have the visibility to monitor patients and track progress.”
“The functionality for the product was driven by a diverse team and our own ideas and is now used not just locally, but around the world by other Cerner clients.”
The District piloted eMeds back in 2007 at Concord, and the hospital became the first in NSW to introduce the program in 2015.
In April, the District celebrated a major milestone after completing the rollout of eMeds across all main inpatient sites.
Concord’s implementation of eMeds Infusions has taken place in several stages, starting in May 2018.
“It has been a long-time coming, but we have developed something special,” Aaron Jones, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Information Officer, said.
Rosemary Burke, District Director of Pharmacy and Chief Pharmacy Information Officer agreed. “Our workforce believed in the product and was not happy to rush it through until we were satisfied that it was of the highest quality,” she said.