Baycrest first Meditech LTC setting in Canada to adopt allergy alert system

Toronto, Ontario, June 2, 2010 — Baycrest is the first Meditech long-term care setting in Canada — and among the first Meditech healthcare provider sites in the Greater Toronto Area — to adopt a centralized allergy management system that alerts physicians, registered nursing staff, dieticians and pharmacists of their clients’ allergies or sensitivities.

The system standardizes how allergies are entered and handled for all clinicians and helps reduce, and possibly eliminate, medication errors, allergic reactions to foods or other substances, or adverse drug events due to patients’ known sensitivities.

With the new centralization, all allergies and adverse reactions appear in the header on all physician ordering screens in Meditech.

“Medications can react with each other and even certain foods can have adverse affects on clients. The new centralization provides physicians with additional and consistent client information at their fingertips, which is essential when prescribing new medications,” said Joanna Mills, Baycrest’s Clinical Systems educator.

A clinical champion from each patient/resident/client care unit at Baycrest worked closely with the Informatics team of the eHealth program to learn about the new process and to be “subject matter experts” to nurses, physicians, dieticians and pharmacists to support their unit in the transition to the new centralization methodology.

A health sciences centre affiliated with the University of Toronto, Baycrest is a world-class developer of innovations in aging that enhance quality of life by optimizing physical and mental wellbeing.

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For more information on this release, please contact:

Kelly Connelly
Senior Media Officer
Baycrest
416-785-2432, kconnelly@baycrest.org