Orion Health Rhapsody™ Integration Engine enables rapid electronic referral from hospital to community pharmacy.
Located in northern England, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust covers a population of 500,000 citizens. The 'Refer-to-Pharmacy' programme kicked off in 2015, aimed at improving the communication and transfer between hospitals and community pharmacies. Using 3rd party suppliers including Orion Health's Rhapsody Integration Engine, a patient's designated community pharmacy now receives a copy of their electronic discharge letter when they leave hospital. This enables the community pharmacist to follow-up with the patient in a timely manner.
Early indications show that this programme is delivering a number of benefits:
- Time savings for pharmacists
- Reduced hospital readmissions
- Decrease in medicines waste
- Improved medicines adherence
- Improved quality of life
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