Pharmacist Admission Planning in iEMR and/or charting/prescribing

Allowing pharmacists to plan inpatient medications in iEMR at the beginning of an encounter which can then be signed by a medical officer or pharmacist charting/prescribing on admission to hospital.

Why the contribution is important

A significant part of the pharmacist workload int he inpatient environment is ensuring that regular medications are charted correctly.  Ensuring this is correct at the beginning of the encounter will result in fewer delays to regular medications being administered in hospital, time-savings for both pharmacy and medical staff as 'routine' interventions are less likely to be made and time-savings at the back end as outstanding issues from the admissions process do not need to be addressed during the discharge process.

Pharmacist charting has been evaluated for safety and quality in several studies.  In a study of pre-admission clinic charting, pharmacist-doctor collaborative prescribing was non-inferior to medical prescribing (Hale et al. ).

iEMR contains functionality that allows the 'planning' of inpatient medications, with final sign-off by a medical officer.  This could be utilised to enable a properly trained/credentialed pharmacist to plan inpatient medications in consultation with a medical officer.

by jasonwaddell on May 29, 2019 at 08:10AM

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