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Mediware develops new tool to automate medication reconciliation

Mediware Information Systems : 09 May, 2007  (New Product)
Mediware Information Systems has introduced a new automated medication reconciliation tool that collects, displays and documents patient medication information from admission to discharge.
The MediREC tool was unveiled during Mediware's annual Medication Management User Group Conference, held in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.

MediREC enables hospitals to automate mandatory medication reconciliation processes and provides a critical improvement in providing safe and efficient hospital care.

According to published studies, nearly 60 percent of all drug-related errors in hospitals stem from insufficient medication history awareness.

In a move to significantly reduce the estimated 400,000 preventable drug-related injuries occurring in hospitals every year, The Joint Commission (for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) has mandated that healthcare providers implement a process to review and reconcile patient medications at admission, transfer of care within the hospital, and at discharge.

In most situations, hospitals have created paper based processes to address the new mandate, processes that are time consuming and increase the risk of error.

'There are countless examples of situations when a lack of information about patient medication history caused harm or death', said Kevin Ketzel, vice president and general manager of Mediware's Medication Management Division.

'MediREC provides hospital emergency and admissions departments a critical resource to inform doctors, nurses and pharmacists about the medications a patient has been taking before any new prescriptions are ordered'.

An important, and complex, requirement of the medication reconciliation process is the capture, documentation and reconciliation of a patient's home medications.

With MediREC, hospitals electronically access patient medication histories upon admission, before any treatment begins.

Medication histories are pulled from an industry medication database, which includes prescriptions fulfilled through retail pharmacies, mail order suppliers and Medicare Part D providers.

MediREC also creates an electronic medication record to facilitate easy and accurate reconciliation throughout the patient's hospital stay.

'Being able to quickly access a one year medication history upon admission protects both patients and hospital staff from adverse events that can result from inaccurate or incomplete information', continued Ketzel.

'When a patient arrives in critical condition and a family member is not available, nurses can easily determine what medications are potentially in the bloodstream - a fact that could prevent adverse reactions that could cause severe trauma or death'.

The medication reconciliation process involves collecting the patient's medical history, ensuring accuracy of the medication information, and reconciling the drug list at critical points of care, such as admission, transfer and discharge.

MediREC consists of a web based application for documenting and managing the patient's list of home medications and a drug history interface to enable hospitals to obtain comprehensive lists of known patient medications from various sources.

Mediware has signed three MediREC clients prior to the product's formal release.
MediREC is being marketed as both a stand-alone system as well as an integrated component of Mediware's Medication Management suite of software products.

Mediware's other medication management software products include the WORx pharmacy information system, MediMAR for bedside administration and documentation, and MediCOE for electronic order entry.
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