Concord Hospital's Intensive Care Unit has gone live with electronic medication management program, part of the hospital's digital transformation.
Concord Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit has gone live with electronic medication management program, part of the hospital’s digital transformation.
The eMeds milestone is the latest innovation to our electronic clinical systems making patient information available electronically and accessible to doctors, nurses and clinicians at any time.
eMeds replaces paper medical charts with an intuitive electronic record for prescribing, dispensing and administering patient medications. It will be introduced in the 13-bed mixed intensive care and high dependency unit on a six month trial basis.
The project includes enhanced clinical pharmacy services, computers beside every patient’s bed and customisation to support the specialised care delivered in the ICU. Importantly, it will integrate with the electronic medical record in use across the hospital, which improves the continuity of patient care.
The District’s Chief Medical Information Officer, Dr Angus Ritchie, said the ICU implementation is an important step in optimising our electronic information systems to deliver improved quality and safety of patient care.
“We have worked closely with the intensive care doctors, nurses and pharmacists for nearly two years to deliver this project. It will improve the continuity of medication management for patients who are admitted to the ICU. It will also give access to the enhanced decision support systems that are part of eMeds and are proven to reduce medication errors.”
Concord Hospital was the first in NSW to successfully roll-out eMeds back in 2015, winning a Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Sector Management for the project.
The eMeds system is now operational across all in patient areas at Concord and RPA hospitals, with the District’s Health Informatics and ICT Services working toward the implementation of eMeds in maternity and at Canterbury and Balmain in 2018.