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Pharmacy services across Liverpool are to be revolutionised with the news that leading medicines management company JAC has been chosen to roll-out a new electronic prescriptions scheme.
The North Mersey Health Informatics Service (HIS) said the system, which will be implemented in the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital and Aintree University Hospital Foundation Trust, is designed to cut errors, reduce paperwork and provide alerts over conflicting treatments and allergies.
It will also allow pharmacists to monitor prescribing and infection protocols more quickly and accurately.
Derek Swanson, deputy director of pharmacy at Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen NHS Trust said: “We have wanted to move to an electronic system for about five years. We looked at the market and most of the EPMAs are geared towards the US, whereas JAC’s was specifically developed for the NHS so that was a key driver.”
Aintree hospital will be the first to go live in 2010, with the others piloting the scheme by spring of next year.
Copyright Press Association 2009