Rural roll-out of electronic medication management rolls on

Culcairn Multi Purpose Service
17 April 2019

The roll-out of electronic medication management (eMeds) across rural NSW is well underway, with 1.3 million patients who live outside metropolitan areas set to benefit from smarter, safer and better care.

The Rural eMeds program commenced implementation last year, with Goulburn Hospital, Bourke Street Hospital and Kenmore Hospital in Southern NSW Local Health District going live in September. In the six months since, staff from rural LHDs and eHealth NSW have activated eMeds in 36 sites, progressing plans for more than 100 facilities to be live by the end of 2019.

The greatest anticipated benefit of eMeds is increased patient safety through reduced medication errors and associated adverse events, improved accuracy and visibility of medication information and increased legibility of medication orders.

Director of eHealth NSW’s eMR Connect Program, Rick Turner said the relationships between eHealth NSW staff and Local Health District project teams are key to the smooth roll-out and overall effectiveness of implementations.

“Their efforts are responsible for the speed, quality and reach of the eMeds across the variety of regional facilities, including those servicing patients living in NSW’s most remote regions,” said Mr Turner.

Far West NSW LHD was the first district in rural NSW to implement eMeds district-wide, with the rollout spanning from October to November last year and involving eight sites. The smallest of these facilities was Tibooburra District Hospital with just two beds.

Orange Health Service, the largest of the Rural eMeds program sites with 400 beds, was successfully implemented in early March.

“The commitment from the teams involved in all of the eMeds programs is admirable, rural and metropolitan alike. It continues to bring about a real difference to care and quality patient outcomes,” said Mr Turner.

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