THE days of trying to read difficult handwritten instructions about medication are over at Bathurst Hospital.
The hospital is the first in the Central West to implement Electronic Medication Management (eMeds) – what is being described as a safer, more effective electronic system to manage medication.
Bathurst Hospital executive director of operations Mark Spittal said the eMeds system gives access to patient information and clinical decision support in real time.
“EMeds is a modern way of improving how we manage medications in our hospitals,” he said.
“Gone are the days of trying to read difficult handwriting or the chance there is a mistake made transcribing the right dose or drug.”
Bathurst Hospital general manager Cathy Marshall said the eMeds team had been busy preparing to go live with the new system and she said the transition had been smooth.
She said the use of eMeds will reduce medication error rates, improve the accuracy and visibility of medication information and improve communication with patients about their medication.
The rollout of the new technology will continue across more than 30 hospitals in the Western NSW Local Health District.
It has now been implemented at 72 sites, according to the NSW Government.