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Gelre Hospitals and smartmed implement successful a new and innovative medication management system

23 Mei 2019

Gelre Hospitals and SmartMed implement successful a new and innovative medication management system

Apeldoorn, May 14, 2019 - Gelre Hospitals (located in Apeldoorn and Zutphen) successfully went live on the 2nd of May 2019 with the new medication management system SmartMed. This new application, developed for and by end users, offers a future-oriented total solution for the management of medication by doctors, nurses and the hospital pharmacy.

With SmartMed Hospital, the hospital can manage and execute the entire medication process surrounding the patient. This involves prescribing medication by the doctor, monitoring and logistics by the pharmacy and administering by the nurse or the patient himself. It is a unique solution because it is a single platform where all medication information of a patient is recorded centrally in a secure cloud environment. As a result, communication between healthcare providers and the patient is optimally organized. The system is linked to the LSP (Landelijk Schakelpunt) and contains both the historical and current medication data of the patient.

End user and patient are central
CEO SmartMed, Alfred Godeke: “SmartMed offers on the one hand a user-friendly tool for the healthcare professional and on the other the best possible medication safety for the patient. We develop from the perspective of different end users to make the product as user-friendly, safe and functional as possible. Optimizing information exchange and collaboration between different healthcare providers and their patients is an important goal. With SmartMed Hospital we have laid the foundation to improve medication safety and effectiveness for patients also outside the walls of the hospital.”

SmartMed meets requirements
After an intensive market survey in 2017, Gelre Hospitals selected four suppliers who were allowed to sign up for the tender of a new medication management system where the following requirements were important:

  • The patient is central in the operation of the system.
  • The system is intuitively usable for Prescribers and Administrators and minimizes time-consuming administrative work.
  • The system provides support for hospital (clinical and outpatient) and extramural support.
  • The system meets the new guidelines of the Nictiz Medication Process 9.0x and new legislation and regulations such as FMD, MFBs and MedMij.

With the fulfilment of these requirements the choose for SmartMed was made. During the development, the requirements and wishes of the end users were central. Already in the preparation phase, the various working groups (including Prescription, Pharmacy and Administration) are enthusiastic about the focus on ease of use and smart tools.

GAMP5 test successfully passed
A condition for the go-live was the successful completion of the GAMP5 quality tests. After testing the system by a large group of end users, the quality turned out to meet all requirements and the go-live phase started. This concerned the Apeldoorn and Zutphen hospital locations and both the clinic and the outpatient clinics and the entire pharmacy.

Mr. Edwin Maalderink, member of the Board of Directors at Gelre Hospitals: “The project staff, suppliers, key users from the user organization and not least the employees of the Pharmacy worked hard to ensure that commissioning went smoothly. And we succeeded. At Gelre Hospitals around 1300 healthcare professionals use the new system. In the coming months further optimization will take place in collaboration with SmartMed, based on user experience.”