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Electronic medication management systems and its challenges

11 Feb 2013, by Informa Australia

meganzigomanisWe had the opportunity to pick the brains of Megan Zigomanis, Lead Pharmacist, ehCare@eastern, Eastern Health, in the lead up to the upcoming 2nd Annual Electronic Medication Management Conference in Melbourne.

What have been the biggest challenges and successes in implementing electronic medication management systems at Eastern Health?
a. The biggest success will be standardisation across disparate organisations and the driver for policy change.
b. The biggest challenges are
i. Translating theory into practice and communicating to senior management the magnitude of the change.
ii. The standardisation and communication of existing organisational policy.
iii. Communicating to the organisation the magnitude of the effort to maintain, develop and monitor the newly implemented systems

One of the key topics addressed on the Electronic Medication Management conference agenda is the issue of planning and organisational management when implementing systems, what are your 3 top tips for coordinating as smooth a roll out as possible?
a. Planning and gaining a detailed understanding of the environment you are implementing to e.g. current workflows and practices
b. Gaining the trust of all stakeholders and stakeholder groups
c. Communicating clearly and concisely

As we see more research and evaluation data around the effectiveness of eMM systems, where do you think the future lies and what is the biggest innovation you would like to see?
a. Improved information sharing across different clinical/departmental systems enabling more detailed patient outcome based information.

Please visit the official conference website if you’d like more information on the conference.

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