Last updated 27/02/2013

The Commission is working with the National Health IT Board to improve the way medicines are managed. Improving medicine management will result in better quality of care, improved patient safety and more efficient processes.

Checking medicines on computerBringing in new technology is an important part of these improvements. Through the electronic medicines management (eMM) programme we are working towards an electronic system that will give all health care providers access to a person’s medication information and will enable them to manage their medicines more effectively. This includes prescribing, administering, reconciling, dispensing and tracking medicines.

The Commission’s focus has been on the implementation and expansion of the paper national medication chart, and the medicine reconciliation process.  It is also partnering with the National Health IT Board on the transition from paper to electronic medicines management within hospitals.

This includes:

  • Electronic Medication Prescribing & Administration (ePA) –­ allows ­medication to be prescribed and administration to be recorded electronically in hospitals aided by decision support.
  • Electronic Medication Reconciliation (eMR) – an electronic system for hospitals that ensures a patient’s medication information is accurate on admission, transfer and discharge.

Related Projects

There are a number of other electronic projects being led by the National Health IT Board that support the eMM programme. 

  • NZ Electronic Prescription Service (NZePS) – initially this enables general practice prescribers to send prescriptions to community pharmacies electronically.  Over time it will also include hospital discharge prescriptions and prescriptions generated by other authorised prescribers.    
  • NZ Universal List of Medicines – which brings together key information from Medsafe, the Pharmaceutical Schedule and Pharmacy Guild, combined with a common medicines terminology to create the master list of all medicines used in New Zealand.
  • NZ Formulary – a concise, point of care reference addressing the day-to-day needs of those prescribing, dispensing and administering medicines in New Zealand. 

Ultimately the eMM initiatives will result in faster, safer and more cost efficient services.

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