eMeds benefiting patients at 103 rural hospitals

7 November 2019

Electronic medication management (eMeds) is helping to make patient care safer in more than 23,000 NSW Health beds, in the biggest roll-out of its kind in Australia and one of the largest globally.

The benefits to inpatients are being felt in all four corners of Australia’s biggest public health system.

The number of rural and regional hospitals and health facilities using eMeds instead of paper charting topped 100 in early November, when Trangie Multi-Purpose Service in the state’s west went live with eMeds.

This brings to 178 the number of NSW Health facilities now using eMeds, which enhances safety and clinical quality by flagging potential medication clashes or allergies and minimising the risk of prescribing and administration errors.

The 100-mark milestone in rural and regional NSW “is testament to eHealth NSW’s strong collaboration with Far West, Mid North Coast, Murrumbidgee, Northern NSW, Southern NSW and Western NSW Local Health Districts and Cerner,” said Vincent Gulliver, Rural eMeds Project Manager for eHealth NSW.

eMeds will be introduced by mid-2020 at a further 18 hospitals and health facilities, nine of which are in rural areas, as part of NSW Health’s ongoing digital transformation.

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