Electronic prescribing to help hospitals tackle medication errors

Electronic prescribing to help hospitals tackle medication errors

Patientrack’s parent company has entered into a reseller agreement with healthcare software provider Better by Marand to help hospitals tackle medication errors. Patientrack provides technology to NHS hospitals to alert staff when patients are at risk of harm.

The news follows a renewed focus on prescribing in the NHS, with the subject featuring strongly in the recently published NHS Long Term Plan, and in a review into over-prescribing that was launched by health and social care secretary Matt Hancock in late 2018.

The Long Term Plan has also promised the publication of a new patient safety strategy in the NHS.

Unsafe medication practices and medication errors continue to be the leading cause of injury and avoidable harm in healthcare systems around the world. In the UK, one paper that examined medication related incidents identified 6.5 actual and 5.5 potential adverse drug events per 100 admissions, a significant number of which were preventable.

Alcidion will resell the OPENeP electronic prescribing and medicines administration system, alongside its next generation patient safety platform, to hospitals in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

OPENeP, which has been chosen by Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, an NHS Global Digital Exemplar, and University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, will now be made available to Alcidion customers that wish to procure the technology as part of their digitisation and patient safety ambitions.

OPENeP is a closed loop electronic medication management system that enables proper adherence to medication administration such as delivering the right dosage to the right patient at the right time and provides clinical decision support for complex prescribing scenarios including order sets, IVs, titration and anti-microbial stewardship.

One of the benefits of OPENeP for hospitals is that doctors, nurses and pharmacists will no longer rely on paper records or writing prescriptions by hand, with all medication management information stored and readily available via computer devices. Clinical staff can also receive proactive alerts when entering orders that could cause patient harm, like interaction with an existing medication or the wrong dose.

Donald Kennedy, general manager for Alcidion in the UK, said: “This is an important step in our expanding offering to hospitals that are determined to use digital technology to make it easier for staff to deliver safer and better care for patients. We continue to listen to and respond quickly to the needs of the NHS.”

Kate Quirke, managing director at Alcidion, said: “Medications data is a critical element of the information required to improve patient safety and healthcare delivery.”

Roko Malkoč, OPENeP product manager, said: “By collaborating with Alcidion, we aim to create an environment that maximises patient safety, improves collaboration among staff, and prevents unnecessary errors. All this will lead to better patient outcomes.”