New information standard to reduce medication errors

A NEW information standard for medication message content will reduce errors and improve patient safety, says NHS Digital.

The aim is to enable medicines information to be more efficiently shared between NHS and social care organisations in England, including hospitals, GP practices, residential care homes, mental health trusts and pharmacies.

It is hoped the new standard will be particularly beneficial in reducing medication errors, including allergy/intolerance information, when patients transfer between care locations.

NHS Digital Clinical Lead for the Interoperable Medicines Programme, Shahzad Ali, said: "This new standard will save healthcare professionals valuable time accessing key medicines information, provide clinicians with access to a richer source of information, consistent across all care settings, and, in turn, help reduce potential medicines related errors and improve patient safety."

The Standard came into effect in October 2021 and NHS and social care organisations will need to be compliant with it by 31 March 2023.

Link: DAPB4013: Medicine and Allergy/Intolerance Data Transfer

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