13 trusts will be the first to receive a share of £78 million to support electronic prescribing and medicines administration (ePMA) to improve patient safety.
The government has announced a share of £78 million to help a number of NHS Trusts reduce medication errors.
The funding will support 13 NHS Trusts with electronic prescribing and medicines administration (ePMA) in an effort to improve patient safety.
The new system will help the Trusts move away from handwritten prescriptions, reducing potentially deadly medication errors by up to 50%. It will also enable the build-up of a complete electronic record, ensure fast access to information on prescribed medicines and reduce duplication of information gathering.
The thirteen Trusts, announced by the Department of Health, have been chosen as they provide a mixture of acute, mental health and community services. The Trusts will receive £16 million in funding in 2019 whilst the total £78 million will be used to implement ePMA across all Trusts within the next three years.
The rollout of ePMA across healthcare organisations is expected to improve efficiencies by making the most effective use of medicines and increasing the use of digital systems to generate more data, potentially helping clinicians better understand the management of diseases.
Health minister Stephen Hammond said: “As part of the long-term plan for the NHS, we not only want to harness technology to make it one of the most advanced healthcare systems in the world, but crucially to improve patient care. The funding provided for these trusts will help to drive these changes to the patient experience, but will also aid our hard-working and dedicated staff. The introduction of electronic prescribing is not only known to reduce medication errors, but also frees up time for staff by moving away from archaic paper-based systems.”
Andrew Davies, director of hospital pharmacy, NHS Improvement said: “There is evidence that electronic prescribing and medicines administration systems will improve safety for patients, reducing the risk of harm and ensuring high quality efficient patient care which is as safe as possible. I’m delighted so many trusts have submitted successful bids to accelerate the introduction of these systems to provide safer, better quality patient care. We are now looking for more trusts to bid for funding by the end of January.”