Wales and CareFlow launch new digital hospital pharmacy system

Wales has introduced a new digital hospital pharmacy system which has helped to improve the accuracy of computerized dispensing and stock management of medicines.

The system replaces 30-year-old software and will provide greater reliability, more efficient medication management and better overall performance. In addition, it should improve the clarity of recorded data and ensure compliance with national governance, which will lead to safer and more consistent care for patients.

Developed by CareFlow Medicines Management (CMM), the modernization and standardization of the Welsh Hospital Pharmacy Inventory Management System has been implemented across 28 Welsh hospitals across seven health boards and one trust. The new system provides a more consistent way of working for nearly 2,500 users in the country.

Berwyn Owen, Chief Pharmacist, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: ‘While there are many benefits, one result – an agreed medicines dossier for the whole of Wales – single-handedly enables us to accurately check stock across Wales and talk about the same pharmaceuticals. in the same way.

“We can build on this and more to continuously optimize and improve, knowing that we are all on the same anthem sheet and therefore no one is left out of the journey.”

It links drug distribution and usage data using nationally recognized standards for a comprehensive, real-time view of information. Patients in Wales will also benefit from greater consistency in the distribution of medicines, such as standard labels on hospital medicines.

CareFlow Medicines Management was previously known as WellSky before System C acquired the medication management specialist in July 2021.

Rob Blay, CEO of CareFlow Medicines Management, said, “The National Pharmacy Project has been a resounding installation success due to the enthusiasm and dedication with which hospital teams have embraced our digital solution.

“Twenty-eight hospitals in 12 months is quite an achievement, and that was in the context of Covid-19. With this rapid deployment, they are already reaping the many benefits of a single pharmacy system and improving the patient experience across Wales.

The new digital system is the first step in the digital drug transformation program, which aims to implement national e-prescribing and drug administration.

Outside Wales, the UK’s first digital pharmacy offering a same-day delivery service was launched in Birmingham in August last year, when Phlo opened its first pharmacy center outside London.

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