IN CARE SECTOR Omnicell UK, specialist in medication and supplies automation, has partnered with electronic care planning provider Nourish Care to provide a new integration that gives care staff greater visibility of a patient’s medication regime as part of their overall care plan.

The new integration means that Omnicell eMAR can now share data related to medication with the Nourish Care system, giving greater insight and driving best practice into the safety and individual care of each resident in the home.

This provides caregivers with sight of the latest prescribed medications, supporting them in assessments and reviews without having to switch between two separate technology systems. It also provides information on when new medication has been prescribed to residents, so it is possible to monitor or adjust care plans accordingly. Alongside this, a summary of the medication, dose and time administered is provided to better understand the medical history and individual pathway of a resident. It also enables the correlation of data for medication administered with other information such as falls, accidents and additional incidents.

Omnicell eMAR automates the entire medication management and administration process, ensuring each resident receives the correct medicine dose at the correct time. The system gathers information, provides prompts and accurate instructions for staff and managers in real time at the touch of a button. Each individual medication is identified through a barcode applied in pharmacy, which can then be tracked at all stages, from check-in at the care home through to administration to a resident. It provides an invaluable medicines history for each patient and includes a simple alert and verification system to minimise the risk of medication errors in the home.

Nourish’s customisable and easy-to-use soſtware supports recording at the point of care, saving time and allowing for more accurate notes. Access to information ensures that care teams are kept up-to-date and can make informed decisions for better care. With records that are secure, accurate and compliant, evidencing care becomes more manageable and care management more organised. Now with the latest integration with Omnicell, Nourish empowers care teams further with contextual medication history and usage, helping to ensure better care decisions are made both at moments of care and when planning care needs.

Cyrus Hodivala, Medicines Adherence Sales Director at Omnicell UK & Ireland, commented: “Whilst the care sector has undoubtedly made great strides to ensure the safer use of medicines across its services, there are still areas for improvement. A disconnect between care planning and medication management could be contributing to the problem of poor support of residents with their medication regimes highlighted in the CQC ‘Medicines in Health and Adult Social Care report’. As leaders in innovation within the sector, we have developed an answer to this problem.

“The newly-enhanced eMAR system for care homes links to and works in conjunction with individual care plans, providing the caregiver with crucial data and insight. We’re anticipating this will help to drive much-needed efficiencies and drive patient safety within the care sector and hope that it eventually becomes the gold standard when managing medication administration within care planning.”

Nuno Almeida, Founder of Nourish Care, said: “Our mission is to support care teams to provide high-quality care and we have worked on a number of integrations and projects to deliver this. This latest collaboration with Omnicell is entirely consistent with our mission and provides care teams the choice of having an eMAR system with evidence of quality. We are also looking forward to working with the combination of the care planning and medicines management data as part of our Nourish Analytics.” - 7 -

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