The UK’s Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust has implemented JAC Computer Services’ electronic prescribing and medication administration system at its 450-bed Royal Hampshire County Hospital.
The Winchester deployment took six months from contract signature to go-live and has been implemented as part of the Trust’s ongoing plans to replace its current integrated hospital information system in parallel with other replacement systems which are being supplied by the UK National Programme for IT.
The Hampshire Partnership Trust has several inpatient wards on the Winchester site, and has also been part of the implementation.
JAC’s electronic prescribing and medication administration system, combined with the Trust’s existing JAC Pharmacy Management module, provides an integrated medication management tool, designed to manage the entire cycle of medication management from prescribing, clinical verification and supply, to bedside nurse administration.
Ward-based staff use mobile computers on the Trust’s wireless network to prescribe and administer medicines at the bedside. The system also incorporates decision support from First Data Bank Europe providing real-time alerts for potential medical errors due to allergies and drug interactions.
Mr Peter Knight, MD of clinical support and asset management, commented, The new system uses mobile terminals to facilitate online prescribing and drug administration which will further help our clinical staff in the complex world of medication management.
Joyce Bould, project clinical lead, added, Clinically, this system gives us what we have wanted for years – prescribing charts on screen, clinical checking, and quick and easy access to patient information.