Designing an Informatics Infrastructure for a National Aged Care Medication Roundtable

Johanna I. Westbrook, Karla Seaman, Nasir Wabe, Magdalena Z. Raban, Rachel Urwin, Tim Badgery-Parker, Crisostomo Mecardo, Virginia Mumford, Amy D. Nguyen, Jo Root, Sarah Balmer, Karen Waugh, Sonali Pinto, Birgit Burge, Eric Aldeguer, Travis Dunstan, Mikaela Jorgensen, Len Gray, Tracey Bucknall, Christopher Etherton-BeerBen Newell, Gillian Caughey, Elizabeth Beattie, Kristin Xenos, Anne Cumming

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Abstract

In the residential aged care sector medication management has been identified as a major area of concern contributing to poor outcomes and quality of life for residents. Monitoring medication management in residential aged care in Australia has been highly reliant on small, internal audits. The introduction of electronic medication administration systems provides new opportunities to establish improved methods for ongoing, timely and efficient monitoring of a range of medication indicators, made more meaningful by linking medication data with resident characteristics and outcomes. Benchmarking contemporary medication indicators provides a further opportunity for improvement and is most effective when indicator data are adjusted to take account of confounding factors, such as residents' characteristics and health conditions. Roundtables provide a structure for sharing and discussing indicator data in a trusted and supportive environment and encourage the identification of strategies which may be effective in improving medication management. This paper describes a new project to establish, implement and evaluate a National Aged Care Medication Roundtable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)404-408
Number of pages5
JournalStudies in health technology and informatics
Volume310
DOIs
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 25 Jan 2024

Keywords

  • Learning health system
  • adverse drug event
  • aged care
  • care home
  • clinical decision-making
  • electronic health record
  • medication safety
  • nursing home

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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