An innovative electronic system designed to modernise how medication is administered to residents in care homes is being introduced across Worcestershire.
Sanctuary Care is launching the software in all nine of its care homes in the region following a successful pilot in Malvern and Redditch.
It forms part of a wider programme that will see electronic medication administration records (eMARs) used in more than 90 Sanctuary Care homes around the country.
eMARs offer safety and efficiency advantages over traditional paper-based methods, reducing paperwork and administration for staff and freeing them to spend more time delivering high-quality care to residents, says the company
Sanctuary has awarded the contract for delivery to Bristol-based Invatech Health, whose Atlas electronic medicine management system has been proven to improve safety, accountability and efficiency for residents and staff, as well as enabling closer working with local GP and pharmacy services.
Atlas was initially introduced at two of Sanctuary Care’s homes – Brambles Residential Care Home in Redditch and Hastings Residential Care Home in Malvern – which have each worked with a local pharmacy to implement the system.
Training will be provided to staff through the implementation of the new technology to ensure a smooth transformation from the paper-based approach.
The introduction of eMARs follows Sanctuary Care’s successful national rollout of kradle – a bespoke electronic care planning app allowing staff to record vital details at the point of care, reducing paperwork and allowing them to spend more time with residents.
Jemma Robinson, Sanctuary Care’s senior programme manager, said: “Embracing advances in care home technology enables us to enhance the quality of care we provide and further enrich our residents’ lives.
“kradle is already bringing significant benefits and the next natural step in our digital journey is the introduction of an electronic medication management system, simplifying the process and making it more efficient for all involved.
“We conducted a robust tender process to identify the best possible solution for our needs based on whole market research and are pleased to be working with Invatech Health. We now look forward to the benefits this technology will bring to the nurses, carers and residents in our care homes.”
Professor Clive Bowman, Chair of Invatech Health, said: “Our mission is to transform medicine management in care homes for residents and staff and working with Sanctuary Care, one of the biggest providers of care in the UK, is a major step towards achieving this.
“The Atlas eMAR system is built to deliver the very best functionality for both the care homes administering medications and the local pharmacies prescribing them. We are delighted that Sanctuary has recognised the considerable benefits in safety and efficiency it can bring.”