Using Technology to Change Medication Delivery in Healthcare
Medication administration can be time-consuming, but it is important to do it right. When administering medications there is an opportunity for critical errors. As a result, staff members need to ensure that they’re giving the appropriate patient the correct dosage of their medication at the proper time. If not, there could be irreversible damage. Healthcare administrators also need to ensure this process has a digital record to promote transparency among teams and throughout the organization.
Barcode and RFID solutions work to simplify medication delivery, completing complicated verifications with a simple scan. Using technology, the staff’s only focus becomes providing the best care. With mobile clinician handhelds, staff can simply scan the patient’s wristband to retrieve identification and medication information from your EHR. In turn, the overall productivity, accuracy, and timeliness of care are enhanced.
Benefits of a Medication Administration Solution
Deploying a technology solution to aid in medication administration takes some of the pressure off of your staff. When your staff can focus on providing care, the patient experience increases by:
- Reducing errors – lessen the possibility of human error by making sure staff can access the most current data about patients and their medications.
- Streamlining processes – With a digitized medication administration process, you will save time and costs by eliminating the need for additional paperwork.
- Increasing accountability – caregivers can scan their ID badge, creating an automatic audit trail so you know who administered medication to each patient.