IHE Profiles have played a key part in a current project in Switzerland, developing the nationwide eMedication Service that will be implemented over the next two years.
The background to this pioneering work comes from a simple patient-safety concept – a significant number of hospital emergency admissions come from medication issues - either from patient or clinician error, an adverse / unexpected reaction to prescribed medication or an incompatibility between prescriptions. In all instances access to the patient’s current and past medication history is crucial to treatment and to a successful patient outcome.
In essence there will be an update to the core 2017 Swiss EPR law to address accessibility of this information and the ability to share with healthcare providers all matters associated with the patient’s medical treatment plan. This will enable better and safer care to be available and for healthcare professionals to have access to all medication records that could have a bearing on the best agreed treatment pathway for the patient.
To undertake this work an eMedication Service Concept has been proposed and various architectures considered; all relied on key components of EPR-XDS.b infrastructures. It was collectively decided that a distributed solution with several eMedication Services was the optimum.
So what are the key characteristics of the new eMedication Service?
Stéphane Spahni, User co-chair, IHE-Europe and one of the project leaders commented, “The importance and added value of supporting eMedication in the global healthcare process is such that it is expected that the eMedication Service will become an integral part of the EPR. We are confident that patients will significantly benefit from this new legal initiative through improved patient care. It is also reassuring for the future to see IHE Profiles are at the heart of this project”.