Webstercare makes AFR BOSS Most Innovative Companies list
Medication management company Webstercare has been recognised as one of Australia and New Zealand’s Most Innovative Companies, ranking fourth on the prestigious annual list published by The Australian Financial Review and BOSS Magazine. Webstercare made the number four spot on the healthcare list for the second year in a row, beating over 600 nominated organisations across Australia and New Zealand.
The accolade is based on a rigorous assessment process managed by innovation consultancy Inventium, in conjunction with a panel of industry expert judges.
The assessment measures a top innovation implemented in the past two years. Specifically, the judges look at how valuable the problem is that the innovation is solving, the quality and uniqueness of the solution, and the level of impact that the innovation has had. Internal elements such as innovation culture, strategy, resources and process are also considered, which demonstrate a sustainable and repeatable approach to innovation.
Webstercare was thrilled to be recognised for its role in the launch of the Pharmacist Shared Medicines List (PSML) — a new clinical document within My Health Record to reduce medication-related problems in Australia, and specifically those experienced by Australia’s older population.
Working with the Australian Digital Health Agency for two years planning and developing the protocols and security requirements for the software, Webstercare became the first to use the PSML in December 2019.
“We are very honoured to be recognised on the AFR BOSS Most Innovative Healthcare Companies list for our involvement with the Pharmacist Shared Medicine List (PSML). Many of our patients using our dose administration aids are older Australians,” Webstercare Managing Director, pharmacist and inventor of the Webster-pak Gerard Stevens AM said.
“Our Webster-pak medication pack provides assistance to ensure they are taking their medicines safely and at the right time each day, which may help them stay in their own home, instead of needing additional care.
“But the pack itself only contains those medicines taken orally and packed in the Webster-pak. The addition of the Pharmacist Shared Medicines List in My Health Record will allow pharmacists using Webstercare systems to better communicate the complete list of a consumer’s medicines in a single clinical document. This will make a big impact — for that person’s GP, specialist, clinician at the local hospital — by giving them a better understanding of the medicines that person is taking.”
The PSML is a consolidated list of medicines prepared by a pharmacist and uploaded to a patient’s My Health Record. The PSML will compile both prescription and non-prescription medicines including over-the-counter and complementary medicines, such as vitamins and herbal remedies.
The PSML will enable healthcare providers to make more informed prescribing and treatment decisions and assist in reducing medication mishaps.
Particularly relevant at times of transitions of care, the PSML is a comprehensive list of medicines at a specific point in time, such as on discharge from a hospital when a patient’s care is being transferred to another healthcare provider — a common occurrence in Australia’s elderly population.
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