Potential advantages and drawbacks to electronic medicine management systems for UK long-term care facilities: A literature review

Medha Kothari*, Ian Maidment, Prasanta Dey

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Abstract

Purpose: The use of health information technology (HIT) is increasing in care home settings; although slower than other healthcare providers including hospitals, acute and ambulatory settings. With a growing amount of long-term care facilities keen to research or implement HIT, this literature review aims to provide an overview of possible benefits and drawbacks long-term care facilities could encounter if choosing to implement HIT. Methodology: A literature review using technology, medication management and residential care search terms was conducted in November 2017 using the following databases: Proquest, PubMed and Scopus. Discussion and Conclusions: This literature review suggests that long-term care facilities are at various stages in the transition to using electronic medicines management resources and there are mixed results on the impact of implementing these systems. Possible benefits highlighted are reductions in medication errors and auditing functionality, whilst potential drawbacks could include behavioural consequences on residents. There are inconclusive results on cost efficiency and time requirement measures. Future Work: Future research examining both the impact on care processes and in turn the effect of any changes on resident outcomes when using electronic systems are greatly needed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTowards Sustainable Technologies and Innovation - Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the International Association for Management of Technology, IAMOT 2018
EditorsBreno Nunes, Ali Emrouznejad, David Bennett, Leon Pretorius
PublisherAston University
ISBN (Electronic)9781854494535
Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 2018
Event27th Annual Conference of the International Association for Management of Technology: Towards Sustainable Technologies and Innovation, IAMOT 2018 - Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 22 Apr 201826 Apr 2018

Publication series

NameTowards Sustainable Technologies and Innovation - Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the International Association for Management of Technology, IAMOT 2018

Conference

Conference27th Annual Conference of the International Association for Management of Technology: Towards Sustainable Technologies and Innovation, IAMOT 2018
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBirmingham
Period22/04/1826/04/18

Keywords

  • Care home
  • Electronic medication administration records
  • Electronic medicines management
  • Health information technology
  • Long-term care facilities

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    Kothari, M., Maidment, I., & Dey, P. (2018). Potential advantages and drawbacks to electronic medicine management systems for UK long-term care facilities: A literature review. In B. Nunes, A. Emrouznejad, D. Bennett, & L. Pretorius (Eds.), Towards Sustainable Technologies and Innovation - Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the International Association for Management of Technology, IAMOT 2018 (Towards Sustainable Technologies and Innovation - Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the International Association for Management of Technology, IAMOT 2018). Aston University.