How an EMR Solution Helps with Medication Management

Arun Joseph VargheseArun Joseph Varghese on August 20, 2021

For hospitals and clinics, Medication management is a major concern. It can be difficult to track, organize and manage the large number of medications that are dispensed each day through a variety of different processes. Electronic medical records (EMRs) offer an ideal solution for medication management in healthcare institutions because they allow hospitals and clinics to store accurate information about doses, side effects, interactions, allergies, and more.

An electronic medical record (EMR) solution is a comprehensive and structured software program that provides all the tools required for effective medication management. Medication errors are one of the leading causes of adverse events in hospitals. An Electronic Medical Records (EMR) solution can help reduce these preventable incidents by providing an easy way to track medications administered with barcodes on labels and reports, as well as integrate third-party systems like pharmacy software to ensure drugs are ordered correctly.

Let us try to understand the following:

Why is medication management important in hospitals/clinics?

The proper management of drug medications is crucial to ensure that patients are receiving the right medication, at the right dose, and by the correct route for their condition.

Doctors and nurses rely on the information they are given to make treatment decisions. The amount of information available can vary from one medical provider to another, and from patient to patient. Traditional manila folders that providers may use while seeing patients often do not provide enough room for all of the necessary findings.

A hospital's main mission is to deliver patient satisfaction. In order to preserve this, you must prioritize your medication management practices over anything else.

Medication management is vital in any hospital. It can help you reduce the occurrence of medical errors, increase patient satisfaction and improve a hospital's reputation.

How do EMR solutions help with medication management?

An electronic medical record (EMR) solution is a system that can organize and store information in such a way as to make retrieving it easy, accurate and efficient.

The benefits of an electronic medical record (EMR) are numerous: they save time by organizing patient data into one place; they reduce medical errors through standardized care processes and institute safety measures.

Medication management at the clinical level:

The features of an EMR solution include prescription history, drug interaction alerts, prescription by trade or generic name, facilitate prescription from favorites or from a pre-defined list. EMR also provides information on medicine allergy, medication history. These features save the physician time and help largely to reduce error and to deliver quick, quality care. 

The module for managing medications is a key component in reducing medical errors because it ensures that prescriptions are filled accurately at the right time to avoid mistakes like omissions or duplications.

When doctors and nurses have the right information at their fingertips, they can make better decisions about medications to prescribe or administer.

Medication management at the administration level:

EMR facilitating integration with HIE enables drug code mapping to prescribe the right medication for insurance claims reconciliation purposes. These modules significantly reduce the possibility of errors in prescription writing or administering medications.

The EMR integrated with the pharmacy provides real-time information on the availability of medical stock, directly coordinating and managing the procurement of medications, keeping track of their expiry dates, etc. 

A healthcare organization’s electronic medical record (EMR) solution can help with medication management by automating and standardizing the process of prescribing, dispensing, storing, administering, and recording medications. 

Be future-ready:

Many countries in the Middle east are moving towards a unified health record for their citizens and expatriates to ensure their safety and wellbeing. Aiming for the complete integration of healthcare data and to consolidate them into a single portal like MALAFFI or NABIDH so that proper medication management is ensured.

Insta HMS integrates seamlessly into your facility’s workflow to provide intelligent automation, integration, and safe data transfer and handling throughout every stage of patient care.

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