The health secretary announced in January 2013 that the NHS
needed to become paperless by 2018; a key element in achieving this
target is e-prescribing. In May 2013, the NHS England Safer
Hospitals Safer Wards Technology Fund was set up with a budget
of£260 million to support trusts in this approach. County Durham
and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust has been successful in securing
some of this funding to take forward its plans to move away from
paper based drug charts and allow the administering of medicines to
be done electronically.
At present, the current system for prescribing and
administration of medicines in the Trust is based on a model set up
over 40 years ago, since then medications used have grown in number
and complexity with a resulting potential for greater risk to
To address this, the Trust would like to enhance the prescribing
functionality in its existing clinical management systems to enable
it to deliver a complete electronic prescribing and medicines
management (ePMA) service to its inpatient and day case patients,
this will provide a safe and efficient way of prescribing
medicines. A project team has been established to ensure the
project is delivered on time and within budget.
The associated benefits for patients and clinicians are:
The project is in the early stages of implementation and will be
rolled out across the Trust following a successful pilot phase. It
will take 24 months to substantially roll out the functionality,
with the full project completing within 36 months.
The total cost of delivering the project will be £3m. The Trust
will receive £823,000 of funding from the Safer Hospitals, Safer
Wards Technology Fund to assist us with the delivery of the ePMA
Contact: Helen Irving - ePMA Project
Tel: 0191 374 0110
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