Advancing Electronic Medical Records/E-Pharmacy Technology

Thanks to Israel Healthcare Foundation’s support, more hospitals have been able to transition successfully to the Electronic Medical System, including Clalit, Soroka Medical Center and Yoseftal Hospital.

At Clalit’s central offices, the team continued to customize and develop the software to meet the specifications of each discipline. It directed the installation of the remaining infrastructure and continued training the staff at Soroka and Yoseftal in EMR use.

At Soroka Medical Center and Yoseftal Hospital, all planned hospital departments and outpatient clinic successfully transitioned from paper charts to Electronic Medical Records.

With IHF’s support, the development of the E-Pharmacy Software Project has made significant strides and is currently in a beta testing phase. Ongoing meetings with the international branch of First Databank in England occur twice a week and the medication catalog has been built and is ready for use. Already, approximately 6,000 medications have been managed and cataloged. Meetings on building maintenance processes for the software and content have begun. Additionally, the infrastructure for the user interface between EMR and e-pharmacy has been developed.

Additionally, IHF’s work supported First Databank in building a medication catalog which includes all FDA approved medications. It has added Israeli medications which are not FDA approved to the database. Some 6,000 medications have been managed and listed. The team made sure that all generic and other names were included. Various other parameters, such as maximum daily doses and different methods of how each medication can be given, were added.

As a result, Soroka and Yoseftal hospitals are now able to connect to over 200 community clinics in the south due to the installation of the EMR system. This provides an additional benefit to the physicians and their patients.