In addition to documentation in the patient’s room, one of the most notable changes with eCareNet will be our ability to manage, monitor, and track the medication administration process. Medication orders (including home, inpatient, and discharge meds) are electronically entered and stored in eCareNet.
A doctor enters a medication order in the system; the pharmacist reviews the order, verifies it, and then sends it to another system called Medication Administration Checking (MAK). In MAK, clinicians can see the exact medication that was ordered. Each time a medication is administered, barcodes on the patient’s wrist band, the medication, and nurse’s badge are scanned. By collecting this real-time information, the system can easily detect and alert the caregiver to ensure the patient’s medication matches the doctor’s orders. This process also confirms the administration of the “Five Rights” (the right patient, the right drug, the right dose, the right route, and the right time) to reduce the chance of medication errors.
After the medication is given, a doctor in his or her office can log into the system and see exactly which meds were given to their patients at any given time, all meds they’re currently taking, and all scheduled medications for their patient. This is something the doctors cannot do now and will significantly and positively impact patient care.