Omnicell’s innovative technology improves medication management in homes across Avery Health Care Group

Avery Healthcare Group has 50 care homes across England with teams of staff dealing with many complex medication regimes and controlled drugs every day. This resulted in long periods of time being taken up by receiving and administering medication. After looking at a number of eMAR systems, Avery decided to pilot Omnicell eMAR in two of its homes where patients had extensive daily medication regimes.

The Challenge

  • Put in place a simple solution to ensure patients received the right medication at the right time.
  • Free up staff time spent on medication management and direct it back to face to face care.
  • Deliver a full audit trail of each medication dispensed.
  • Give management teams a clear picture of what was happening in their homes in relation to medication rounds.
  • Put in place a simple solution to ensure patients received the right medication at the right time.
  • Free up staff time spent on medication management and direct it back to face to face care.
  • Deliver a full audit trail of each medication dispensed.
  • Give management teams a clear picture of what was happening in their homes in relation to medication rounds.

The Solution

Omnicell eMAR

After looking at a number of eMAR systems, Avery decided to pilot Omnicell eMAR in two of its homes where patients had extensive daily medication regimes. Omnicell eMAR stood out as their preferred solution as was:

  • User friendly. 
  • Provided a robust audit trail-featured a dashboard presenting an oversight of medication rounds within the homes.
  • Gathered information, provided prompts and accurate instructions for staff.
  • Gives managers real-time medication administration data at the touch of a button.

Omnicell eMAR

After looking at a number of eMAR systems, Avery decided to pilot Omnicell eMAR in two of its homes where patients had extensive daily medication regimes. Omnicell eMAR stood out as their preferred solution as was:

  • User friendly. 
  • Provided a robust audit trail-featured a dashboard presenting an oversight of medication rounds within the homes.
  • Gathered information, provided prompts and accurate instructions for staff.
  • Gives managers real-time medication administration data at the touch of a button.

The Impact

Checking in time reduced, patient safety, clear audit trail.

Benefits realised by introducing Omnicell eMAR

  • Checking in of medication reduced from 5 hours per floor to 2 hours per floor.
  • 60% reduction on checking in time has now been redirected back into face to face patient care
  • Simple alert and verification system minimises risk of medication administration errors  in the home.
  • Each staff member has their own log-in details which enables robust auditing.
  • Carried forward feature allows the homes to use up medication from a previous cycle rather than throwing it away helping to tackle medication wastage.
  • Provides clear audit trail and accurate information in the event that medication is not administered and gives clear reasons as to why – making CQC inspections easier.

"Our staff have really embraced the new system and we have had multiple reports detailing just how easy it is to use. Our previous systems always meant there was a risk of human error, but since we’ve introduced Omnicell eMAR the risk of this has been significantly reduced and our residents’ safety has increased. Following a successful pilot of the system within two of our homes, Avery is currently expanding the pilot to include a further six homes."

Julie Spencer, Head of Care at Avery HealthCare Group

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