Canada-based Joseph Brant Hospital has selected FDB MedsTracker MedRec to automate and improve medication reconciliation.

The web-based electronic medication reconciliation solution supports efficient patient admission, transfer and discharge.

It also provides complete safety checks and delivers an accurate, understandable and reconciled best possible medication history list covering both home and inpatient medications.

When implemented, the solution will seamlessly integrate with the hospital’s health information system and clinical workflows to improve medication-related decisions and patient outcomes.

With this solution, hospitals can reduce the average time range to complete discharge medication reconciliation to one to three minutes from up to 20 minutes.

The solution improves the completion rate of home medication lists to 80%-92% and enhances average accuracy rates for missed medications, duplicate therapies, and correct dosing to 95%-100%.

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FDB president Chuck Tuchinda said: "We are pleased that the clinical team at Joseph Brant Hospital has placed their trust in FDB MedsTracker MedRec to support optimal medication reconciliation and care outcomes for patients.

"We fully expect that Joseph Brant will achieve the impressive medication reconciliation success already seen in all our installations."

"We fully expect that Joseph Brant will achieve the impressive medication reconciliation success already seen in all our installations."

According to the Canadian adverse events study, drug events were the second most common type of event to which patient safety incidents were related.

Medication errors that can be prevented via an effective medication reconciliation process include inadvertent omission of needed home medications and failure to restart home medications following transfer and discharge.

Preventable errors also include duplicate therapy at discharge resulting from brand / generic combinations or formulary substitutions, and errors associated with incorrect doses or dosage forms.

Joseph Brant Hospital Health Records chairman Dr Frank Fornasier said: "Joseph Brant Hospital prides itself on offering an integrated system of care that adheres to the highest standards of care quality and patient safety and satisfaction.

"To maintain this level of excellence, it is imperative to provide our clinical care team with access to tools that support efficient and accurate medication reconciliation.

"We believe that FDB MedsTracker MedRec will deliver the infrastructure needed to support this mission."

Joseph Brant Hospital currently operates 245 inpatient beds and accommodates more than 170,000 patient visits, 13,512 admissions, 47,389 emergency visits and 1,165 births each year.

The hospital offers various services including medicine, surgery, emergency, maternal / child, mental health and rehabilitation, as well as complex continuing care.