01 – Conceptualisation

Understanding local requirements for the future implementation of a system is essential and these simple steps will ensure that the system is conceptualised in a way that is suitable for its environment:

  1. Map the existing workflows of pharmacists, doctors and nurses affected by the introduction of the new system and explore potential areas for improvement using modelling and simulation tools.
  2. Be clear about what you are trying to achieve and the expected impact: for example, is your hospital looking to improve the quality of the prescribing and medicines administration processes, to reduce errors and adverse events, or to facilitate the flow of information between primary and secondary care? Knowing what is driving the implementation will help you define your areas of priority.
  3. Make sure you have a good understanding of the various systems on offer, their benefits and limitations by talking to suppliers and map these against your areas of priority.
  4. Creating a vision of an ePMA-based hospital environment will give focus and help establish the shorter and longer term goals.
NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research, Principal Investigator: Professor Aziz Sheikh
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