Medical compliance, reduced paperwork, real-time access to information and instant collaborations are some of the many benefits of using an electronic medication system such as eMAR. In today’s digital world, there are different software and technologies offering great services to care homes and it can be a bit overwhelming to choose the right one. Here we discuss things that you must consider to ensure that the system you choose fits your needs best:
- Assess your needs: The first essential step in choosing an electronic medication system is to determine your needs. Factor in your practice speciality and the size of care home. Do take into account your future needs especially if your care home is planning to scale up. All care homes share similarities but they do not function the same way. For instance, a care home for dementia patients will differ from a care home for elderly care when it comes to certain practices. Identify your needs and match them to the features offered by the electronic medication system.
Note: electronic MAR charts templates and features can be customised to suit your particular practice, making it easier for your organisation to adapt.
- Understand all the features: Reviewing the features of an eMAR medication system is important. While reviewing the features, check whether it offers all the essential features that your organisation needs for proper records management. A good electronic MAR chart medication system offers auto-reminders, real-time record-keeping and tracking, simple and easy reporting, auditing records and taking notes. Task management features, such as signing notes and reviews promote effective communication among different team members. This streamlined workflow reduces the chance of errors occurring due to miscommunication.
- Check accessibility: Choose a software that is compatible with the devices provided to your caregiving staff. eMAR allows easy accessibility. The software is compatible with android devices. The user-friendly interface can be accessed using Android tablets as well as smartphones.
- Authorised access: For instance, while the management can access all the data of residents, caregiving staff can only have access to information related to care plans.
- Request a demo: The best way to know if an electronic medication administration system suits your organisation or not is to request a demo. Involve your team members, especially the caregiving staff who will be using the software daily to be part of the demo. Take reviews from your team members before you give the vendor a go-ahead. You can book our demo remotely at a time that is convenient to you.
- Post-sales support: If you’re thinking about using an electronic medication system in a care home, you must be wondering about the training your caregiving staff will need to get well-acquainted with the system. We can set up training sessions that can be conducted remotely for you. For a small monthly fee, you will get all training, both initial and ongoing, support, future updates and secure backup with access to previous MAR sheets.