Oral medications are normally dispensed in multidose strips in U.K. hospitals, but not at Cleveland Clinic London. There, medications are provided to patients in single-dose units, each individually barcoded.
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“In addition to being the first in the U.K. to use a novel unit-dosing robot, Cleveland Clinic London is the first to use automated dispensing cabinets in each ward and perioperative area,” says Francine de Stoppelaar, PharmD, Director of Pharmacy at Cleveland Clinic London. “These cabinets are connected to an automated stock-control management system. We’re also the first in the U.K. to use a hospitalwide barcoded medicines administration system that is connected to our electronic health record. At the bedside, caregivers scan both the medication unit dose and patient wristband, ensuring each patient gets the accurately prescribed medication, creating a fully closed-loop medicines administration system.”
Not only is this innovative medication-dispensing and -tracking system improving safety for patients and caregivers, it also is drawing attention from industry leaders. Due to pioneering technology like this, Cleveland Clinic London recently earned Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) Stage 6 accreditation from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
This level of technological integration is rare for U.K. hospitals. Only eight out of more than 1,100 U.K. hospitals (0.73%) have achieved EMRAM Stage 6 or higher, and Cleveland Clinic London is the first private hospital to reach this milestone.
EMRAM is a framework that assesses the level of digital maturity and sophistication of healthcare organisations. To achieve EMRAM Stage 6, a hospital must demonstrate a significant level of digitalisation and integration of an electronic health record (EHR) into their operations. This digital integration contributes to high-quality care, efficiency, data utilisation and other benefits.
“Being awarded a Stage 6 accreditation from HIMSS is a major achievement for the team,” said Raihaan Mughal, Associate Chief Information Officer, Cleveland Clinic London. “We have built one of the most technologically advanced hospitals in the U.K., and I’m delighted that our focus on innovation to improve patient care has been recognised.”
In addition to praising Cleveland Clinic London for having one of the most forward-thinking hospital pharmacies in the U.K., the HIMSS assessor noted the hospital’s:
“[Cleveland Clinic London’s] visionary leadership, cutting-edge technology, and unwavering commitment to excellence are shaping the future of healthcare,” said the HIMSS assessor, John Rayner, Digital Health Strategist, in a press release.
Achievement of EMRAM Stage 6 indicates several advantages for Cleveland Clinic London and the other accredited hospitals: