“The utilisation of electronic systems to facilitate and enhance the communication of a prescription or medicine order, aiding the choice, administration and supply of a medicine through information and decision support and providing a robust audit trail for the entire medicines use process.”
The main aim of Electronic Prescribing and Medicines Administration (EPMA) systems is to improve patient safety by reducing prescribing and administration errors that could result in medication errors and adverse drug events. The Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust is currently implementing the JAC EPMA system across all three hospital sites.
EPMA makes sure that doctors have access to drug information and previous prescription records when they are prescribing. It also ensures that they create clear and complete administration instructions for nursing staff.
The EPMA project at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust has been led by the pharmacy department, although recently integration into ICT has been driven to ensure all clinical systems can be interlinked.
There is currently a big drive for EPMA to be rolled out to the remaining clinical areas such as, Paediatrics, Oncology, Haematology, Maternity and full outpatient prescribing.
The Trust has purchased an Oncology and Haematology product for Electronic Prescribing – CMS (Chemotherapy Management System) for implementation 2016.
The remaining clinical areas will be integrated into the current EPMA system in 2016-2017