A new electronic medication system for cancer medications is in use at RPA and Concord Hospitals.
A new electronic medication prescribing and administration system in Oncology and Haematology is now live at RPA and Concord Hospitals.
The new system, known as OHMIS cheMEDS, went live in June as part of the digital transformation of our hospitals. ‘OHMIS’ is an Oncology and Haematology Management Information System and forms part of our District-wide electronic medical record.
OHMIS cheMEDS allows clinicians to prescribe and order the majority of cancer medications through a secure electronic system.
The District’s Chief Executive, Dr Teresa Anderson, praised the team behind the seven month implementation representing nursing, medical, pharmacy, health informatics and ICT Services.
“This is a really big achievement and I am very proud of the amazing team and their contribution to the program, to NSW and most importantly, the people with cancer who we treat each day.
“The electronic medical record is a clinical tool enabling us to provide the very best care for our patients. Sydney Local Health District in partnership with Cerner, has played a huge role in the development of the electronic medical record in the past 10 years.
“This continued leadership and the diligent implementation of OHMIS ensures our patients continue to receive the highest quality care and allows others to learn from our experience,” Dr Anderson said.
The new system reduces the use of paper and standardises the prescribing process, reducing the possibility of errors.
“The ability to record changes to medication along with the rationale for any dosage changes is a very important step to reduce risks associated with the provision of chemotherapy,” Dr Anderson added.
The online system also means our healthcare teams can access patient medication details and follow up orders from any location through the hospital-wide electronic medical record.
The OHMIS project team will soon begin preparing for OHMIS Phase 2, a PowerChart Oncology solution.