e-prescribing goes live30th June 2006
City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust has been praised by medical staff for introducing a new initiative of electronic prescribing throughout its inpatient areas.
The project is the latest in a series of integrated technologies to be supplied to the Trust by US vendor Meditech. The e-prescribing system has been extensively anglicised and is the most recent addition to a portfolio of integrated modules which include a patient administration system, pharmacy, labs, radiology, order communications and results reporting, nursing, maternity, theatres and a range of additional clinical data collection screens through the Meditech departmental module.
Staff members at the Trust have reacted positively to the new system, reporting that electronic prescribing has freed up nursing time and improved the patient experience by making prescriptions more legible and available. It has also speeded up the discharge process. Patient safety is improved as prescribing has become more precise and guided. Prescribers can use stop-dates to ensure treatments do not over-run; dose warnings assist prescribing and administration reports are available at the click of a button.
Medical staff at the trust also praised the improvements in working processes and safety. Initial reports suggest that moving from manual drug charting to e-prescribing has been both a dynamic and rewarding experience for medical staff and patients alike.
The system, supplied by prime contractors, Filetek UK, is deployed at six NHS sites in England and two in Scotland. Three of the English sites have e-prescribing facilities.
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