Magazine article Drug Topics

Digital Records

Magazine article Drug Topics

Digital Records

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Long-term care medication charts going electronic

The Missouri pharmacist-entrepreneur who electronically linked physicians and R.Ph.s is now trying to take the paperwork out of medication administration records in long-term care facilities.

Bob Davis, who developed the e-Scrip electronic Rx transmission system, is field-testing "LTC Link" in Independence at The Groves, a nonprofit health-care facility that includes a 300-bed skilled nursing unit. Hitching a ride on the medication cart, the LTC Link software runs on a laptop computer equipped with a handheld bar-code scanner to eliminate the cumbersome paper notebook typically used to chart meds administered to patients. Medical details stored in the software, including a digitally scanned photo of each patient, help the Certified Medical Technician make certain that the right patient is receiving the right medication in the right dosage at the right time. The operator simply records the designated medical data automatically requested by the software. There's also space for the CMT to record personal observations about the patient. The information can be used to generate reports for the medical staff, Medicare, Medicaid, and third-party payers. …

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