PatientKeeper Medication Reconciliation is wonderful. Physicians like it, and it fits seamlessly with our nursing workflow.
Waltham, MA (PRWEB) February 21, 2012
PatientKeeper®, Inc., the leading provider of physician healthcare information systems, today announced availability of the latest release of the industry’s first physician-friendly medication reconciliation software application offered within a complete physician workflow environment. PatientKeeper Medication Reconciliation™ makes it easy for physicians and other clinicians to electronically track and transition patient medications from home to hospital at time of admission, and back to the home at time of discharge.
PatientKeeper Medication Reconciliation can be used as a stand-alone application or in combination with PatientKeeper CPOE™. PatientKeeper Medication Reconciliation reflects how physicians naturally work through medication reconciliation; physicians can clearly see the starting point – for example, a patient’s regimen of medications taken at home – and the changes at the next level of care in a single view. PatientKeeper’s software lets physicians continue, discontinue or hold a patient’s existing medication in a single step, and often with a single tap. For instance, modifying an existing order requires only that the physician specify the change; PatientKeeper then automatically discontinues the existing order and creates a new order reflecting the change.
As with all PatientKeeper software, PatientKeeper Medication Reconciliation integrates with hospitals’ existing back-end systems. As a result, physicians can go to one place for all their patient information and activities; and hospitals don’t have to rip and replace their existing technology infrastructure to create an IT environment that appeals to physicians and encourages adoption and sustained Meaningful Use.
“PatientKeeper Medication Reconciliation is wonderful,” said Sara Houser, MSN, Chief Nursing Officer at Ashe Memorial Hospital and the project team leader for the hospital’s PatientKeeper CPOE and PatientKeeper Medication Reconciliation software implementation. “Physicians like it, and it fits seamlessly with our nursing workflow. PatientKeeper integrates with our nursing system, so we continue doing what we’ve been doing; only now the physicians can handle their portion electronically, so the entire reconciliation process is faster. And at discharge, PatientKeeper lets us automatically produce a full order reconciliation for patients, including meds, labs, nursing and dietary orders.”
PatientKeeper Medication Reconciliation integrates with existing nursing systems, where patient home medication information typically is entered. PatientKeeper’s bi-directional integration to these systems ensures that any changes to home medications made by the physician are captured back in the nursing system, as well.
PatientKeeper Medication Reconciliation has been certified by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT®), an ONC testing body, which means an Eligible Hospital can use PatientKeeper to attest to Stage 1 Meaningful Use. Medication reconciliation is expected to be a “core” objective for Stages 2 and 3 Meaningful Use. To date, medication reconciliation has been one of the most frequently deferred Stage 1 “menu” objectives in attestations by Eligible Hospitals, due to the lack of adequate software solutions. Also, admission and discharge medication reconciliation are part of JCAHO’s National Patient Safety Goals for hospitals, as of July 1, 2011.
“Effective medication reconciliation is critical for high quality patient care,” said Paul Brient, president and CEO of PatientKeeper. “PatientKeeper Medication Reconciliation provides a platform for physicians, nurses and other members of the care team to work together to efficiently manage medications through each transition in the patient care process.”
PatientKeeper® Inc., the leading provider of physician healthcare information systems, enables physicians and hospitals to focus on their patients, not technology. PatientKeeper provides highly intuitive software for physicians that streamlines workflow to improve productivity and patient care. PatientKeeper’s CPOE, physician documentation, electronic charge capture and other applications run on desktop and laptop computers and popular handheld devices and tablets. PatientKeeper’s software integrates with existing healthcare information systems to create the most effective solution for driving physician adoption of technology, meeting Meaningful Use and transitioning to ICD-10. For more information about PatientKeeper, which is headquartered near Boston, Mass., visit http://www.patientkeeper.com or call 781-373-6100.