The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s Final Report recommended that all Australian residential aged care providers use an electronic medication management system to help reduce the number of preventable adverse medication events, and medication prescribing and dispensing errors. Read more here.
To support the adoption of an electronic National Residential Medication Chart (eNRMC) by June 2023, the Department of Health and Australian Digital Health Agency are putting in place an eNRMC Transitional Arrangement which will allow all Residential Aged Care Services (RACSs) to begin adopting and benefiting from eNRMC solutions from 1 July 2022.
eNRMC Adoption Grant Opportunity
To further support RACSs in adopting an eNRMC, the Department of Health has released information about grants available to help cover the cost.
Eligible expenditure items include:
- purchase of, or subscription to, a Transitional eNRMC Product or eNRMC software modules
- upgrade or purchase of hardware or infrastructure to enable the use of an eNRMC Product (such as Wi-Fi, computers, digital portable devices, etc.)
- expenditure related to change management processes (such as wages/salaries incurred for additional hours of training, or developing policies, processes, or training materials), and
- other expenditure incurred which directly relates to the sourcing, adoption or use of a conformant eNRMC Product.
In instances where an eNRMC has been adopted before a grant is received, grant funds may still be used on eligible activities such as change management processes.
For more information about the eNRMC Adoption grant opportunity, click here.
Telstra Health eNRMC solution - MedPoint
Telstra Health has completed development of a new module - MedPoint - within our existing Medication Management solution, which has been designed to meet the government’s eNRMC changes in residential aged care and add further improvements to Medication Management.
By using MedPoint:
- GPs can easily and efficiently create and update a resident’s medication chart electronically, reducing the potential for errors caused by handwritten charts.
- The manual process of sending medication charts to the pharmacy will no longer be required. When a GP updates a resident’s medication chart, the pharmacy can access this electronically.
- A paper copy of the prescription is not required, removing the script owing process.
- RACSs are compliant with all eNRMC government requirements.