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Knowing is Better with Electronic Medication Reconciliation

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The Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada (ISMP Canada) in partnership with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) are committed to advancing medication reconciliation (MedRec), a proven intervention that prevents medication errors at patient transition points across the healthcare system. And while ISMP Canada and CPSI have made significant progress in raising awareness of this important activity amongst clinicians, Infoway's Knowing is Better Clinician Education Campaign is helping to spread the MedRec message even further.

Margaret Colquhoun, (ISMP Canada) and Marie Owen, (CPSI) are co-leads of the National Med Rec Strategy and have actively endorsed the Knowing is Better Clinician Education Campaign. When describing the value of participating in the campaign, Margaret Colquhoun commented "the Knowing is Better – for Clinicians campaign aligns well with our National MedRec Strategy because we know that information systems and technology are key to advancing medication reconciliation. These [campaign] videos provide real stories of how technology is being used to augment and improve the way clinicians practice across Canada. These examples also highlight how technology can be effectively used while engaging the patient – a step that is critical in the MedRec process."

Since the launch of the national Clinician Education Campaign in September, 2012, ISMP Canada and CPSI have been hard at work spreading the message through their communication channels and stakeholders.

For example, through The Medication Reconciliation Network Facebook Page and the online Communities of Practice, CPSI and ISMP Canada are promoting the Knowing is BetterDecision Support and Efficiency videos in conjunction with a host of other resources that demonstrate the effectiveness of electronic medication reconciliation in improving patient safety and quality of care. The virtual Communities of Practice, accessible through the Safer Healthcare Now! program, allow over 1,000 members to exchange success stories and engage in the national dialogue with Safety Improvement Advisors from CPSI and expert faculty from various safety interventions.

In addition, in an effort to increase the adoption of medication reconciliation amongst physicians, CPSI in partnership with ISMP Canada, hosted a National MedRec Webinar with over 300 participants in April. The session provided an opportunity for attendees to discuss their MedRec questions and challenges with a panel of physicians. Following the live session, links to the recorded webinar, along with supplementary resources including the Knowing is Better videos were disseminated via email to over 2,500 health care providers.

The natural alignment between the National MedRec Strategy and the Knowing is Better – for Clinicians education campaign is one example of how the campaign can help your organization achieve its goals.

Learn how your organization can become involved in the campaig by emailing us.



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