DIPS contributed to several of these projects at Ahus (Akershus University Hospital) through the development and delivery of new DIPS products.
Automated handling of medication is one of the significant innovations and focus areas of the ‘New Ahus’ project. At the same time, several innovations and pilots were carried out for DIPS products before, during and after moving into the new hospital in October 2008. They included nursing documentation and integration with PPS (practical nursing procedures), speech recognition, text message reminders and, not least, DIPS’s medication product for the prescription and administration of drugs that is integrated with Ahus's own medicine supply system.
As well as establishing an electronic medication solution, using the DIPS Panorama Clinical Chart to get an electronic clinical chart in place played an important role in achieving a secure and efficient medication chain. Through close cooperation, a good trial period and a step-by-step roll-out from the first pilots in 2009 until the system was introduced in the first departments in spring 2010, this has proven to be a well-functioning, fully-electronic solution whose introduction has been very successful.
Paper charts were used as back-up when the Department of Neurology became the first department to start using the electronic chart system. The solution worked so well that the department began using electronic charts alone after just two weeks.
One of Ahus’ goals is to make the whole medication process electronic and to document the treatment and development of the patient’s illness in the electronic chart. Improved documentation quality and thereby fewer medication errors were also expected. The experience so far is that the new products work as anticipated, but the system is dependent on good training and some adjustments to work processes.