Barriers Still Exist to Implementing Electronic Medication Management

Jul 15
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The Electronic Recording and Reporting of Controlled Drugs (ERRCD) system is on its way, with NSW set to be the next state to adopt Tasmania’s system. Designed to reduce the number of avoidable deaths from prescription drug overdoses and eliminate inappropriate use of addictive medications, the system has been welcomed with a degree of caution.

While organisations such as the Victorian branch of the Australian Medical Association have been calling for the implementation of ERRCD for some time, a recent survey undertaken by acute software vendor InterSystems suggests that significant barriers to the use of Electronic Medication Management (EMM) systems still exist.

Interoperability & Clinician Buy-in

Staff from across thirteen public hospitals, five private hospitals and two government and healthcare organisations were surveyed, all of whom said they expected EMM to lead to increased patient safety. 65% also said they expected it to improve productivity and efficiency.

However the complexity or cost of interoperability was seen as a significant barrier to deployment for 68% of respondents, with 55% citing interoperability as an area requiring improvement from EMM vendors.

80% of respondents identified clinicians as the most challenging stakeholders to gain support from for EMM implementations, and 63% said this lack of clinician adoption was a barrier to deployment.

Finally all respondents agreed that standards for clinical decision support alerts in eMM systems were necessary to avoid alert fatigue.

Read the Australian Electronic Medication Management Survey in full here.

The upcoming Transitioning to eMedication Management Systems Conference has been designed to discuss how we can tackle these challenges head on, offering advice and experience from hospitals at various stages of maturity in their EMM implementation journey.  The agenda will address the following crucial areas:

  • Remaining patient centred to achieve positive safety outcomes
  • Engaging clinicians to ensure end user buy-in
  • Ensuring system design enables integration and interoperability
  • Preventing medication errors to improve medication safety

Book your place before July 17th to save $200 on ticket prices.

Transitioning to eMedication Management Systems

Submitted by Jessica Farrelly

Jessica Farrelly

Jessica is part of the marketing team at Criterion, specialising in content and social media. Originally from Ireland, she’s an avid traveller and moved to Sydney after a year spent living out of a backpack in Asia.

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