Milestone for electronic medication management roll-out

10 October 2019

In the largest roll-out of its kind in Australia and possibly globally, electronic medication management (eMeds) is now benefiting more than two million NSW Health patients annually.

NSW Health’s digital transformation achieved a major milestone in September, with 16 roll-outs bringing to 165 the number of facilities now using eMeds.

The benefits of eMeds include improved safety and clinical quality in areas such as removing transcription errors and flagging potential medication clashes or allergies.

“This is phenomenal progress and the most stellar implementation of an electronic medication management system ever seen in Australia,” said Dr Zoran Bolevich, eHealth NSW Chief Executive and NSW Health Chief Information Officer.

eMeds was recently launched at Lithgow Hospital, the first of Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District’s implementations. Clinicians at Lithgow praised its easy-to-use features and the smooth transition from paper charting.

Rick Turner, eHealth NSW’s Director of Clinical Programs, said the 165-facilities state-wide milestone was testament to strong collaboration across Australia’s largest public health system.

“With each successful eMeds roll-out, we have learnings that can be shared and applied to subsequent implementations,” Mr Turner said. “And by continually innovating, we have been able to more efficiently and effectively deliver better and safer care for our patients.”

The foundations for the eMeds program originated in the Sydney Local Health District, with Concord Repatriation General Hospital the first site.

But it has been the application of innovative approaches during the past year, including a ‘stacked’ approach to implementations, which has significantly accelerated the pace, with almost 100 facilities adopting eMeds in the past 12 months alone.

eMeds will be introduced at a further 37 facilities by mid-2020. The Rural eMeds Program, a partnership between the six rural local health districts, has played a significant role in this, with 63 rural and remote facilities adopting eMeds since September 2018.

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