eMedicines

The eMedicines Programme is part of the National Medication Safety Programme, which is jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Health and the Health Quality & Safety Commission.

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Medicines are the most common treatment used in health care and contribute to significant improvements in health when used appropriately. However, the high use of medicines means they are associated with more errors and adverse events than any other aspect of health care.

While rates of serious harm are low, medication errors can be harmful and increase health care costs. Most of these errors are preventable.

The eMedicines Programme is introducing electronic systems into hospitals and the community to support the safe use of medicines and to provide health professionals with accurate, up-to-date information about people's medications.

Benefits

  • Having digital systems to support the use of medication can reduce errors.
  • There are fewer admissions to hospital related to medication errors.
  • There is a reduction in medication errors and therefore in patient harm.
  • Consumers and their whānau have better information about their medications.
  • A sustainable health system is supported through improved medication use and a reduction in adverse medication events.
  • Clinical staff spend less time chasing up medication information and more time with consumers.

Implementation

The eMedicines Programme has delivered two key foundational systems:

Other systems are being rolled out:

In this section

  • The NZePS provides a secure messaging channel for prescribing and dispensing systems to exchange prescription information electronically. Read more
  • The New Zealand Formulary (NZF) is an independent resource for health professionals, with clinically validated medicines information and guidance on best practice so safe and effective medicines can be selected for patients. Read more
  • Whether you are a doctor, a pharmacist, a nurse or another professional working with medicines, the New Zealand Universal List of Medicines (NZULM) provides a trusted, one-stop-shop for practical and commonly used information about medicines. Read more
  • eMedicines reconciliation captures a patient's medication history and matches and reconciles it to their medicines on admission. Read more
  • Electronic prescribing and administration (ePA) systems enable prescribing, dispensing and administration of medicines to be recorded electronically Read more
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