Managing medication made easy 

15/07/2014 00:00 
Staff at UCLH will soon be able to manage patients’ medicines and access their medication history at the click of a button thanks to funding from NHS England’s Safer Hospitals, Safer Wards Technology Fund.
 

The grant will support the procurement and implementation of an electronic prescribing and medicines administration (EPMA) system. A pilot will begin in February 2015 and it is anticipated that EPMA will be implemented across UCLH by March 2016.

Administration of medicines is the most common intervention for patients at UCLH, medication error is one of the highest risks and medicines represent a substantial area of expenditure.
 
As part of our move from paper to paper-light to paperless, an Electronic Prescribing and Medicines Administration (ePMA) system will replace the current manual drug charts and paper records. The expected benefits are to improve the quality and safety of medicines use, reduce risk to patients from medication errors, improve the quality of clinical outcomes and improve cost effectiveness of medicines use.
 
This project aims to address at least three of UCLH’s top 10 priorities – excellent clinical outcomes, patient safety and financial health. It is supported by a wireless network project which will provide mobile access at the patient’s bedside.  Use of mobile computing is a key element of the project and will be a major contributor to its success.

UCLH has been awarded £1.8m from the Safer Hospitals, Safer Wards Technology Fund to support the project which will cost about £5m in total.

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