The five Danish regions, Local Government Denmark and the Danish Medical Association have agreed on updating the Shared Medication Record” when implemented in the municipalities.
All Danish General Practices have start using the Shared Medication Record, all five Danish regions enter into an agreement concerning updating of the Shared Medication Record when implemented it in the municipalities, and thus MedCom can now continue the initiated implementation.
– Access to updated medical information in all areas of healthcare is vital to patient safety. It is therefore a high priority for us to disseminate the Shared Medication Record in the municipalities, says MedComs CEO Lars Hulbæk and continues:
– The solution is in close cooperation with the municipalities and their IT suppliers already prepared in 89 out of the 98 municipalities, so the goal of full deployment is within reach.
The Shared Medication Record is in fact 100% implemented by general practitioners in Denmark and in 90% of specialist practitioners. This is done in close cooperation with the Danish Medical Association and the doctors IT suppliers. Parallel with this the Danish regions are disseminating the solution to all hospitals. After a recently signed agreement with the Danish Medical Association in the five regions, the focus is now on getting the Shared Medication Record scale to all 98 municipalities.
MedCom has a central role in the project management of the implementation and dissemination of the Shared Medication Record to practitioners, specialist practitioners and municipalities. The primary focus have been on dissemination at general practitioners, MedCom focus is now on the dissemination of the Shared Medication Record in the municipalities.
Shared Medication Record in the municipalities
It is planned that the Shared Medication Record have to be extended to all 98 municipalities during 2015, so that people with a healthcare authorization in the nursing care sector have access to accurate and up to date medication information, if they have to treat a citizen acute. Nursing homes should prospectively use the Shared Medication Record for citizens who receive medication-administration from the municipal nursing homes.
Technically, people with a health care authorization (which has the citizen in acute treatment) will be able to access and retrieve medication information concerning the citizen through an integrated solution through the municipality’s care record system.
The Danish National Health IT leads the Shared Medication Record program. The primary purpose of the Shared Medication Record is to avoid medication errors. Many citizens are treated in multiple locations, and it can be difficult to get an overall view of the citizen medication. In the worst cases, it can lead to medication errors due to incomplete or incorrect information.