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Melbourne’s Box Hill Hospital trials medication management using EMRs

March 14, 2019 / Hafizah Osman

Eastern Health has rolled out a new trial across its Box Hill Hospital in Melbourne, Victoria, to help patients better manage their medication after they leave the hospital. DC MedsRec, the community pharmacy-based service for patients discharged from Box Hill Hospital with four or more medicines, aims to reduce the risk of harm from dangerous drug interactions. The trial, conducted in collaboration with the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) and Monash University, will enable eligible patients to meet with trained community pharmacists, who will look at their hospital discharge summary via My Health Record (MHR), along with a range of other medication information on their electronic medical records (EMRs). The pharmacist will then check the patient’s understanding of the drugs they are taking, resolve any potential medicine safety problems and ensure any medication-related recommendations from the hospital are followed up.