Electronic pharmacy system helps prevent medication errors


Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) and Windsor Regional Hospital (WRH) are implementing a new electronic pharmacy system called Horizon Meds Manager (HMM) from McKesson. A multidisciplinary team comprised of members from both hospitals and project management and information technology resources from Consolidated Health Information Services (CHIS) have worked together to launch this exciting initiative. HMM is a computerized pharmacy solution that improves workflow and ensures patient safety, allowing the pharmacy to electronically receive, verify and send medication orders, eliminating manual transcription and preventing medication errors. The innovative solution captures medication use across care settings and disciplines, linking all patient encounters in a real-time electronic chart.

The implementation of Horizon Meds Manager (HMM) will also ensure laboratory integration, issue alerts and provide patient education tools. The new system will enhance the ability of the hospital pharmacies to document patient interventions and assist in reporting to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

Horizon Meds Manager is a key building block towards achieving the larger strategic goal of implementing Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) a project being undertaken by CKHA and WRH. Steve Banyai, President and CEO of CHIS says, “This is an outstanding example of a hugely successful integration and collaboration initiative to improve patient care using technology as a key enabler. I view this as a huge step towards our goal of making eHealth a reality in the Erie St. Clair LHIN and the province of Ontario.

CHIS is a non-profit corporation owned by Bluewater Health, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, and Windsor Regional Hospital. It provides information technology services and telcom services to its member hospitals as well as to the Erie St. Clair (ESC) LHIN and various health-care agencies in the region.

David Musyj, President and CEO of Windsor Regional Hospital says, “It is technological innovation that will assist Windsor Regional Hospital in achieving its vision of Outstanding Care – No Exception. I applaud the CHIS staff for their ongoing efforts to improve patient care and safety. The implementation of the Horizon Med Manager is a significant step in improving the delivery of health care to our patients.”

Ken Tremblay, President and CEO of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, explains, “Safety and quality are important criteria for all of our clinical activities and investments. I am pleased that we have been able to support this innovation with WRH through CHIS.”