Department of Health & Social Care: Regional funding announced for electronic prescribing
The new electronic systems will help hospital trusts move away from handwritten prescriptions. This will:
- reduce potentially deadly medication errors by up to 50% when compared with the old paper systems
- build up a complete electronic record
- ensure fast access to potentially lifesaving information on prescribed medicines
- reduce duplication of information-gathering
The 13 NHS trusts have been chosen because they provide a mixture of acute, mental health and community services. They will receive a share of £16 million funding for 2018 to 2019.
The roll-out of full ePMA across healthcare organisations will improve efficiency in the healthcare system by:
- making the most effective use of medicines
- increasing the use of digital systems to generate additional data sets
This will help clinicians gain a greater understanding of the management of diseases.
In February 2018, the previous Secretary of State announced that the funding would be made available for trusts that had not made progress with implementing electronic prescribing. This funding will help to speed up the implementation of ePMA across all trusts within the next 3 years to 2021.
Source: Department of Health & Social Care 28th November 2019
Also of interest
Optimisation of Electronic Prescribing in Hospitals National Summit 2019
Monday 11 February
De Vere West One Conference Centre
29 November 2018