Corniche Hospital in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and has launched a positive patient identification (PPID) programme at one of its nursing units to enhance patient health and safety and minimise errors.
The PPID programme is a barcode technology which scans a patient's wristband and medication to authenticate information with the patient's electronic health record administered by Cerner Corporation's patient administration system, Millennium.
The programme offers a closed-loop-medication process to ensure automated validation of medications and patient identity matching.
Corniche Hospital deputy CEO Dr. Mariam Al Mazrouei said the closed-loop medication process allows healthcare officials to administer medication at the patient's bedside, ensuring the 'five rights' are identified on one single screen: right patient, right medication, right dosage, right time, and right route.
"Under the directives of Abu Dhabi Health Services (SEHA)'s Health Information Systems Committee, Corniche Hospital, together with Cerner, is proud of this achievement which aims to strengthen the quality of our patient care and reduce human error," Al Mazrouei added.
The 299-bed hospital is also planning to extend the technology to its other clinical areas.