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Development, implementation and evaluation of the digital transformation of renal services in Wales: the journey from local to national

Mantzourani, E. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6313-1409, Brooks, O., James, D., Richards, A., Hodson, K. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9739-5445, Akhtar, H., Wakelyn, M., White, L., Williams, R., O'Gorman, G., Kervin, A., Chess, J. and Brown, C. 2022. Development, implementation and evaluation of the digital transformation of renal services in Wales: the journey from local to national. International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy 10.1007/s11096-022-01466-9

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Abstract

Background Treatment for people with kidney disease is often associated with complicated combinations of medicines. Logistical challenges with traditiona paper-based prescribing means that these patients are particularly susceptible to medication-relation errors and harm. Aim To improve the quality of care that people with kidney disease receive across Wales through a Value-Based digital transformation programme. Setting Renal units within the National Welsh Renal Clinical Network (WRCN). Development A novel Electronic Prescribing & Medicines Administration (EPMA) system, integrated into a patient care record and linked to a patient portal was developed in South West Wales (SWW) region of the WRCN, enabled by the Welsh Government (WG) Efficiency Through Technology Fund. National upscale was enabled through the WG Transformation Fund. Implementation EPMA was designed and rolled out initially in SWW region of the WRCN (2018). A dedicated delivery team used the blueprint to finalise and implement a strategy for successful national roll-out eventually across all Wales (completed 2021). Evaluation A multi-factorial approach was employed, as both the technology itself and the healthcare system within which it would be introduced, were complex. Continuous cycles of action research involving informal and formal qualitative interviews with service-users ensured that EPMA was accessible and optimally engaging to all target stakeholders (patients and staff). Results confirmed that EPMA was successful in improving the quality of care that people with kidney disease receive across Wales, contributed to Value-Based outcomes, and put people who deliver and access care at the heart of transformation. Conclusion Key findings of this study align directly with the national design principles to drive change and transformation, put forward by the WG in their plan for Health and Social Care: prevention and early intervention; safety; independence; voice; seamless care.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Pharmacy
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 2210-7703
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 28 October 2022
Date of Acceptance: 27 July 2022
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2022 09:04
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/153830

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