Lancashire Trust delivers safer medication to 1.5 million patients with EMIS Health

21 Oct 2015

Clinicians at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust are prescribing and administering drugs more safely and efficiently thanks to cutting-edge technology from EMIS Health.

The Trust has gone live with EMIS Health’s ePMA (electronic prescribing and medicines administration) in the 20-bed Scarisbrick mental health unit at Ormskirk Hospital. It’s the first phase in a rollout of the technology to 10 sites across the Trust, which provides health and wellbeing services for 1.5 million people in Lancashire. Seven thousand staff provide inpatient and community mental health services, community nursing, health visiting and a range of therapy services.

EMIS Health’s ePMA replaces paper records and drug charts with a seamless electronic system that gives clinicians vital medication data at their fingertips at every step of the patient’s care in hospital, through to their own GP when they return home. It is integrated with the hospital pharmacy’s stock control system to ensure efficient ordering and fulfilment of discharge prescriptions. Trust staff is delighted with the new system.

“It has been wonderful to see it in use and the first successful drug rounds on the wards,” said Amanda Parkinson, lead ePMA pharmacist.

“One of the main benefits is that the drug charts are available to several health care professionals at once, meaning that multidisciplinary team meetings can run at the same time as medicines are being administered.”

Amanda Parkinson, lead ePMA pharmacist at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

 Bettina Fitt, Director of Secondary Care Markets and Commercial for EMIS Healthsaid: “Our ePMA is used by Trusts up and down the country. They are seeing clear patient safety and efficiency benefits from replacing paper records and charts with an electronic system. It gives clinicians decision support, legible prescriptions and the ability to safely share medication data with colleagues. ePMA also incorporates a robust audit process, which is vital, particularly in mental health care.”  

EMIS Health’s ePMA provides:

  • single click prescribing for complex regimens with full decision support
  • drug chart views
  • medicines reconciliation supporting clinical pharmacy screening
  • instant drug supply requests
  • audit and analysis of prescribing trends and patterns.