Meds go off paper to digitised system

THE medication management of patients at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital is set to improve with the change from paper charts to the Electronic Medication management system (eMeds)

EMeds Project Manager Sally Walker said almost 2,000 hospital staff – more than 92 per cent – had been trained in the system.

“The state eMeds programs will reduce medication errors, improve accuracy and visibility of medication information and improve communication with patients about their medication,” Ms Walker said.

“It gives staff legible medication charts 24-hours a day. Staff can prescribe, review and administer medications to patients which frees up time for clinicians to spend with patients.”

In addition to the training of staff, the multimillion dollar project has integrated a significant number of computers into the clinical workflow. This includes all-in-one workstations on wheels, laptops and tablets for medication dispensing

All clinical staff, including medical, nursing, pharmacy and allied health, will benefit from additional hardware which will increase access to the system.

“Bankstown staff have been absolutely amazing to work with. The project team has loved every minute,” Ms Walker said.