During a recent luncheon discussion among LTC-based nurse managers, we explored the topic of Long Term Care Software Interoperability. In particular, we discussed at great length the duplication of effort by LTC Facility’s staff and the Pharmacy’s staff in managing the data necessary to produce monthly paper Physician’s Orders and Medication Administration Records. Everyone agreed that it’s critical to reduce the effort and associated costs for both the facility and the pharmacy, not to mention reducing opportunity for errors. One Director of Nursing (DON) said her facility recently implemented
One of the big issues in healthcare IT is and has been interoperability. Interoperability not only of systems, but of data. We've discussed eMAR, but that information is not just critical in the present environment of the patient, say a hospital or nursing home, but its important that data stay with the patient wherever they go. What happens when they check out of a facility? There needs to be a continuum of data, from the time they first were admitted in one facility to when they check into another facility. Suppose they check into a nursing home, then goto the hospital and then to an assisted living facility? What if each facility uses a different pharmacy?