10
Aug 15

Electronic Medications – It’s Not Easy to Achieve: How Portland District Health Did It

It’s 2015.The World Wide Web has been around for over 35 years.  When I put my bank card into almost any ATM in the world, it knows my account details instantly.  Yet my personal health record is fragmented, with pieces of information locked in different systems that can’t talk to each other. Why is this … Continue reading Electronic Medications – It’s Not Easy to Achieve: How Portland District Health Did It

05
Aug 15

IT & Patient Safety: Let’s Get (Re)Started!

One of the most important drivers to implement EHRs is to make care safer. Early trials showed impressive reduction in adverse drug events with CPOE that uses decision support to identify problems with entered orders during the ordering session. There was a 55% reduction in serious adverse drug events with CPOE compared to orders written without CPOE. Other studies using … Continue reading IT & Patient Safety: Let’s Get (Re)Started!

09
Jul 15

Barriers Still Exist to Implementing Electronic Medication Management

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. … Continue reading Barriers Still Exist to Implementing Electronic Medication Management

31
Oct 13

3 important strategies you need to ensure your hospital meets the (NSQHS) Medication Safety standards

We recently interviewed three Australian hospital leaders to discuss their insights and opinions on the implications of the (NSQHS) Standard 4 – Medication Safety. Peter Williams, Manager Governance and Education, St. Vincent’s Aged & Shared Services, St. Vincent’s Health Australia Bonnie Tai, Acting Assistant Director of Pharmacy, The Prince Charles Hospital Vaughn Eaton, Director, Flinders Medical Centre and … Continue reading 3 important strategies you need to ensure your hospital meets the (NSQHS) Medication Safety standards