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Optimising Hospital Electronic Prescribing to Reduce Medication Errors

Monday 9 July 2018
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Optimising Hospital Electronic Prescribing to Reduce Medication Errors

This event has now past, but there may well be news on the event including presentations and quotes from the day at our News pages here, a full list of our forthcoming events is available here.

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“The Department of Health and Social Care believe the roll out of electronic prescribing systems across more hospitals could reduce errors by 50%.” BBC News 23 February 2018

A recent study by university academics in Manchester, Sheffield and York and published by the Department of Health in February 2018 identified more than 230 million medication errors a year that took place in the NHS. On average, 712 deaths a year were definitively linked to adverse drug reactions being the main cause of death. The number of deaths where medication errors played a part ranged from anything between 1,700 to 22,303. The Medication errors: Short Life Working Group report makes recommendations for a programme of work to tackle medication error and improve medicine safety. The Working Group emphasis the “The accelerated roll-out and optimisation of hospital e-prescribing and medicines administration systems “ as a key priority. Commenting on the study Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health said; "This new study shows medication error in the NHS and globally is a far bigger problem than generally recognised, causing appalling levels of harm and death that are totally preventable."

"We are seeing 4 to 5 deaths every single day because of errors in prescription or dispensing or the monitoring of medications" Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt speaking to BBC, Friday 23rd February 2018

“The benefits of Hospital E-prescribing and medicines administration (HePMA) are now well documented and demonstrate, amongst other things, a significant reduction in medication related error, particularly when systems have been optimised after implementation. Even without optimisation, a recent National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded study has shown that high-risk medication errors can be reduced by up to 50%, as well as showing the system to be cost effective. Optimisation however remains a challenge. It is clear from work undertaken by NIHR, and the national digital e-prescribing and medicines administration (HePMA) maturity information, that there are significant challenges and delays with sites optimising systems once they have been implemented. This is leading to delays in benefits being realised as expected, particularly around medication safety, and system generated errors being missed. HePMA systems are possibly one of the most challenging digital health systems to implement in provider organisations but the rewards more than outweigh this. Systems are technically complex. Successful implementation requires considerable change to working practices across three clinical professional groups (medicine, nursing and pharmacy). These challenges mean that implementing systems can take some time, typically 18 months to two years from conception to implementation. The rollout of HePMA systems across the NHS remains low – figures from November 2017 show that only 35% of acute Trusts had rolled out systems (where greater than 80% of inpatients prescriptions are written digitally) and less than 12% of mental health organisations…. In the context of robust evidence of clinical and cost effectiveness, the group considered that roll-out of HePMA must be accelerated.” The Report of the Short Life Working Group on reducing medication-related harm, Department of Health February 2018

This National Summit will focus on optimising Hospital Electronic Prescribing and Medicines Administration (HePMA) to ensure a reduction in Medication Errors . The summit will examine the development of electronic prescribing systems towards advanced eprescribing and ensuring the full clinical benefits are achieved.

Benefits of attending.  This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to optimise hospital electronic prescribing systems and reduce medication errors
  • Understand the national context including updates from the National Digital Exemplars Programme
  • Develop your skills in enabling the clinical benefits of eprescribing   
  • Learn from established practice in the use of HePMA to change clinical behaviour and prescribing practices
  • Understand how to sustain and extend eprescribing into higher risk and complex areas
  • Examine the role of HePMA in reducing delayed and omitted medicines
  • Ensure risk mitigation of new error potential from HePMA
  • Develop your local strategy to eliminate medication errors through eprescribing
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence

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