Rodwell House in Surrey, part of the Graham Care group of care homes, has integrated medicines administration and electronic care planning applications from Person Centred Software and Invatech Health.
The integration means that data from Invatech Health’s ATLAS electronic medicines management system (eMAR) is shared with Person Centred Software’s electronic care planning system, Mobile Care Monitoring. For care home staff this allows the ability to view the entirety of residents’ care including medicines administrations in one place.
Ernie Graham, owner of Graham Care said: “In a care home environment, there is a mass of data and the challenge is to combine the data together to make sense of and predict where errors and risks are. With the integration between our eMAR and electronic care planning providers, Invatech Health and Person Centred Software, we can analyse the combined data well and predict where risks are and amend care plans to keep people well.”
Medication evidenced in Invatech Health’s ATLAS eMAR automatically appears as a care record within Person Centred Software’s Mobile Care Monitoring system providing an integrated record of care provided and meds administered in Mobile Care Monitoring. Combining the platforms aims to allow information to be available when needed and empowers care home staff to understand prescribing and issuing patterns.
The amalgamation of care and medicines data could also lead to ways to detect patterns in the data that could predict care outcomes and establish early interventions.
Andrew Coles, head of product management at Person Centred Software said: “Care providers are seeing the benefits of reducing risks using electronic systems. Many are now on a digital journey, whether they started with eMAR or electronic care planning, and we are joining them together to magnify the benefits of both solutions. Our system is a central repository for data and by working with best of breed solutions we enable care homes to use ecosystem of technology to improve outcomes and demonstrate quality of care efficiently to regulatory inspectors.”
Care homes will continue to use Mobile Care Monitoring and ATLAS eMAR on devices specifically designed and architected for the respective tasks. This is also consistent with the practice of having dedicated staff members for administering medicines. The care home who is the data controller, then has the option of sharing data through a safe and secure process. This means that the mechanisms for integration is very simple and puts the care home in total control.
Commercially the care homes engage with Person Centred Software and ATLAS eMAR directly, but they can choose to have a joint implementation plan.
Sajid Ramzan, director of sales at ATLAS eMAR said: “Our joint customers can simply switch on the integration option with no change to their day to day practice. New customers now have a choice of choosing the best electronic care planning system and the best eMAR for their unique needs, knowing that the data can be shared easily.”