Medication reconciliation is the formal process by which a health care team works with patients, their families and other health care providers to understand which medications the patient is taking. When a patient moves from the care of one health team to another, it is vital that their new care team has an accurate and comprehensive understanding of their medication information in order to prevent adverse drug events and provide safe care.
Although medication reconciliation is a critical component of providing safe care, it is complex and challenging to implement system-wide. Electronic tools like e-medication reconciliation can help the medication reconciliation process.
The From Paper to Electronic Medication Reconciliation Toolkit
This toolkit provides resources to support Canadian health care organizations considering the implementation of eMedRec and those currently using combined paper MedRec (pMedRec) and eMedRec processes. The toolkit was developed jointly by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada (ISMP Canada), the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) and Canada Health Infoway.