MEDICATION MODULE ENHANCES SECURITY
Covers all work processes associated with medication
Medication Module and integration to medication robot
When patients are undergoing a course of treatment, medication is one of the largest standalone elements in the treatment. This means that the handling of prescriptions and the administration of medication has a crucial impact on the patient. With the Columna Clinical Information System, the doctor always has direct access to the patient's medical record. The medical record gives a complete overview of the patient's entire course of illness.
Prescribing and following up on a patient's medication is a key task for a doctor. The Medication module in Columna, shows current, future and historical prescriptions in the prescription overview. Using tables and graphs, the doctor can see the cohesion between prescribed medication and selected trial values, and so can easily and quickly see the benefit of the treatment. Should the doctor decide to adjust the medication, medicine can easily be selected from a pre-defined standard range, a recommenced list or from the entire medicine catalogue. If the selected drugs conflict with a specific registered type of medication that the patient should avoid, the Medication module automatically generates a warning. The doctor receives decision support in relation to interactions between the prescribed drugs, and this ensures that the medication is as effective as possible. When the medication is to be administered, the Medication module helps the nurse with the planning of the administration. The medication overview shows precisely what medication the patient should receive and when he or she must take it. The nurse documents administratively via the overview, regardless of whether it is a simple or complex prescription, for example continuous infusion.
To streamline the procedure, Columna Medication module can be integrated with both the robot drug dispenser and the medicine cabinet. This helps to ensure that the delivery of the correct medication is even more secure. The robot drug dispenser automatically and efficiently packs the prescribed medication in unit dosage bags. The bags have bar codes and are collected in a ring, corresponding to the fixed administration times. When the medication is packed, it is delivered to the departments where the nurses administer the medication. The administration of the medication can be done on both a PC and a PDA. The nurse marks in the overview which medication is being administered and the medication is checked. When the medication is being administered, the nurse scans both the patient's armband and the medication. This closed-loop medication increases safety because it automatically validates the correct medication with the correct patient identity. Columna Medication module is integrated with the National Common Medication Card. This helps to ensure that the patient receives the correct medication, both during and after the course of treatment at the hospital. The Medication module helps the clinician to check the National Common Medication Card when admitting and discharging the patient. The integration with the National Common Medication Card simplifies the clinician's procedure and increases patient safety.
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Medication Module and integration to medication robot
[Patient data are fiction] The Columna Medication module in the Columna Clinical Information System ensures maximal safety, because it covers all the work processes that physicians and nurses undertake in association with providing medication. This specialist medication module handles all tasks that range from processing both simple and complex types of prescription, prescription administration, processing fluids accounts and patient information regarding medication. The medication module also supports prescription print-outs, and can be integrated to the medication robot and automatic medicine cabinet.
Columna Medication increases patient safety and covers all workflows regarding medication.
With Columna Medication, clinicians have a tool for easy prescription of both simple and complex medical treatments, and the solution automatically validates the prescription in relation to the patient’s current course of treatment. This way, the solution makes the documentation processes regarding medication easier and provides a high level of patient safety.
- Increased patient safety
- Increased efficiency
- Less medication incidents
- Simplified medication prescriptions and time saving
- Reduced medication costs
GET TO KNOW THE FUNCTIONS
SIMPLE TOOL FOR PRESCRIPTION OF MEDICINE
The intuitive and simple design in Columna Medication makes it easy to make prescriptions as well as make use of standard prescriptions and standard prescription packages. In Columna Medication, the doctor can prescribe medicine based on treatment types and time frames that are adapted to the individual patient. The prescription overview is simple and can be sorted easily to fit the wishes of the clinician, e.g. by ATC code or treatment type.
SUPPORT IN HANDLING MEDICATION
Nurses are also supported throughout their work with medical treatments by Columna Medication. The administration view provides a simple overview of which medications the individual patient needs to get and when. Furthermore, the view shows which medications have already been administered, just as the solution validates that the doctor’s prescription is followed.
Columna Medication supports the complete workflow regarding Closed Loop Medication, ensuring that patients get the right medicine and dosage at the right time. The clinical personnel is supported in prescribing, dispensing - both manually and through medication robot – and in the administration of medicine for the patient.
To make the registration of prescriptions easy, the solution automatically fills out all relevant standard values in advance. The close integration with pharmacy systems guides the doctor when prescribing medicine that is part of the department’s standard range of medication.
Columna Medication can also integrate with medication robots, which – after electronically receiving a doctor’s subscription – find and pack the subscribed medicine in accurate dosages to the individual patient (a so-called unit-dose). In Columna Medication, manual dosage is also supported with the same level of patient safety, as when using a medication robot. Safety is ensured by medicine and individual patients being linked by barcodes on labels.
INCREASED PATIENT SAFETY
Columna Medication helps improve patient safety in several ways. The solution verifies that there is a correlation between patient, medication, dosage, time, and administration method. This ensures maximum safety in relation to medication administration, and clinicians get a number of tools that provide decision support in the handling of medication. When the doctor prescribes medicine, Columna Medication automatically check for interactions and allergies in relation to the patient’s active prescriptions and allergy information. Via the validation tool, clinicians are alerted about situations such as double dosage of medicine and overdosage. Moreover, clinicians are supported in calculating medication dosage based on a patient’s clinical values, thereby making sure that the patient always get the right dosage, no matter if the patient is a child, suffers from kidney problems, or has a cancer diagnosis.
FOLLOW-UP AND DECISION SUPPORT ON MEDICAL TREATMENT
Columna Medication makes it easy to follow up on medical treatment. With a graph, the correlation between a patient’s clinical values and the medical treatment carried out is visualized, along with compliance between the prescribed medicine and the administered medicine. This provides the doctor with the ability to easily access and monitor the medical treatment through the graph, as it gives a quick overview. The graph is flexible and can be configured to visually compare various parameters depending on the patient in question and the medical treatment. The graph is for instance able to visualise the correlation between a patient’s INR value and treatment, which makes the doctor able to adjust prescriptions based on the graph, when the INR value is known.