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.
Bringing 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.
There are a number of other electronic projects being led by the National Health IT Board that support the eMM programme.
Ultimately the eMM initiatives will result in faster, safer and more cost efficient services.