Recently the Australian Federal Government Department of Health released a Fact Sheet regarding Electronic National Residential Medication Charts Fact Sheet stating
The use of an eNRMC reduces medication errors and supports greater flexibility and coordination between aged care staff, prescribers and suppliers, through access to real time information about medicines prescribed and administered to a resident. eNRMC products have proven to provide significant benefits to residents, residential aged care facilities (RACFs), prescribers and pharmacists, including:
Reduced medication safety risks due to inconsistencies between prescriber records and paper medication charts – and less time spent by suppliers reconciling these differences;
Increased visibility of a residents comprehensive medication record for prescribers, pharmacists and RACF staff;
Timely provision of medicines;
Prompts and alerts to advise of allergies or medication interactions, and reminders when a new prescription or follow up consultation is required;
Reduced administrative burden for RACFs, prescribers and pharmacists; and
Reductions in polypharmacy (individuals taking five or more daily medications).
It provided information for what Residential Aged Care Facilities needs to know if they were considering an EMM Solution.
The adoption of an eNRMC is not mandatory. Adoption and use of these systems is encouraged to ensure safe and accountable medication management.
Funding will be available to RACF’s to defray the costs of adopting an eNRMC system.
The payment will be tiered to provide greater support to RACFs in rural and remote areas, and not for profit RACFs.
The Department is currently defining the payment structure and mechanisms, and will provide information about how RACFs can access this funding as soon as it becomes available.
There are a number of electronic medication management (EMM) systems available that are working to achieve conformance with eNRMC technical and legislative requirements, including the Electronic Prescribing - Conformance Profile v3.0, released by the Australian Digital Health Agency on 16 April 2021, available at: https://developer.digitalhealth.gov.au/specifications/ehealthfoundations/ep-3444-2021.
Unless a RACF is already participating in the eNRMC Trial (and has been issued with a Trial authorisation number) all medication chart orders must be supported by either a paper NRMC or PBS prescription until EMM systems are registered on the electronic prescribing conformance register, available at: https://www.digitalhealth.gov.au/about-us/policies-privacy-andreporting/registers
If you would like to see how Compact’s Electronic Medication Management Administration Software, emma, can assist you in providing significant benefits to your residents, prescribers and pharmacists, please contact our team to arrange your demonstration.
The Electronic National Residential Medication Charts Fact Sheet is located at https://www.pbs.gov.au/info/news/2021/07/grant-to-support-residential-aged-care-facilities-to-upgrade