New partnership supports electronic prescribing and medicines administration to improve patient safety, support remote working, and increase efficiencies
Civica has been selected by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SPFT) to implement its Electronic Prescribing and Medicines Administration (ePMA) cloud solution, Civica Prescribing.
The five-year contract supports the trust’s digital transformation programme to develop more patient-facing and self-management technology and improve data analytics and interoperability between systems.
Civica Prescribing software will help the trust share records with pharmacy dispensing services and other partners efficiently and securely.
It delivers precise patient information and support for assured decisions and positive actions to improve patient care and clinical safety specifically designed for mental health and community care settings.
During COVID-19, the software will also help with continuation of patient care while minimising the risk of exposure and transmission.
For example, clinicians can work together electronically to share medication information safely between locations, while online access to medication records reduces movement between wards or care settings and contact with vulnerable patients.
Beth Lawton, chief digital and information officer at the trust, said: “As a growing mental health trust, it’s vital we have flexible digital solutions in place which can be integrated with our existing clinical systems and have the scope to meet changing future demands.
“We were looking for a long-term partner with dedicated experience in ePMA for mental health and Civica Prescribing will offer our frontline staff a clear workflow to help them safely prescribe and administer medications, as well as reducing risk and increasing safety for all our patients.”
Steve Brain, executive director of health and care at Civica, added: “Improved technology and automation are key enablers for NHS mental health trusts to reduce prescription errors and drive efficiencies to deliver better outcomes for patients.
“Civica Prescribing will provide Sussex with a significant range of safety, quality and operational benefits to support both local and national strategic health objectives now, and in the future.”