A year of success

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Digital medicines

To help reduce medication errors and waste in the UK, we produced new digital guidance this year to communicate how medication dose and timings should be shared digitally between different systems in all care settings. Assured by the PRSB, once the guidance is implemented it will mean that clinicians will no longer need to manually translate medications information when patients move between different parts of the health and care system.

This will make it easier for clinicians in different care settings to obtain, use and import information about a patient’s medications to their system, helping them to provide the right care and improve medication safety for patients. helping them to provide the right care and improve medication safety for patients. It will also mean that patients and carers will not have to repeat medicines history time and time again.

Digital medicines podcast

We were joined by Ann Slee, Associate CCIO, Medicines at NHS England and Dr Afzal Chaudhry, CMIO at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust who will be putting NHS Digital’s newly published medications guidance into action.

"Having access to timely information is going to help the clinicians to provide better and safer care for patients.”

“We often see patients arriving in the middle of the night unwell, without any real knowledge of their medications. You don’t know what they’re taking and in those circumstances, it’s not uncommon for a doctor to try and increase a person’s medication but actually end up under-prescribing. Until we can get in touch with the GP the next day, we can’t get a full picture on how to treat the patient. Having access to timely information is going to help the clinicians to provide better and safer care for patients.”

Dr Afzal Chaudhry, chief medical information officer at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust