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The health insurance company Barmer has just presented its current drug report and in doing so presented the joint project that is intended to link health insurance companies, doctors and pharmacists in the outpatient and inpatient sectors. According to the report, an improved flow of information between all players in a treatment process at hospital admission and discharge across sector boundaries should lead to improved management of the medication plan that patients bring to the hospital or take out of the hospital on discharge. The project is called „Top“ and involves all those involved via the eMedication Plan Entry in a standardised form in accordance with gematik, so that not only in individual cases but also in a large-scale system health insurance companies, but also doctors and pharmacists, are included, visible to all, so that information on the administration of medication can be passed on more precisely, completely than before and faster. This, in turn, increases patient safety, because treatment errors and the risk of patients being put at risk by prescribing „wrong“ drugs can be ruled out. Barmer’s „Top“ project is initially scheduled to run for four years, with 15 clinics benefiting from the new nationwide eMedication Plan through cooperation with doctors and pharmacists in the outpatient sector. The medication plan in paper form is initially still needed in addition, but is not mandatory and is to be gradually replaced by the electronic plan. The Associations of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KVs), the State Chambers of Pharmacists and the Federal Association of German Hospital Pharmacists (ADKA) are also involved in the project, with pharmacists in the inpatient sector also playing a major role. Professor Dr. Christoph Straub, head of Barmer, welcomes the „Top“ project above all because many patients do not even have a nationwide medication plan (29 percent). In addition, 17 percent have no list at all of their medications that have to be taken daily. In addition, 70 per cent of the patients are at least partially ignorant about their medication, which is a major worry for Straub. Pharmacists, for example, would sometimes not even know after hospital discharge whether doctors who re-prescribe something in the hospital are also informed about the possible interactions with other drugs that have to be taken or whether this is done intentionally. Therefore, in such cases, a note is included in the medication plan.

Source: www.apotheke-adhoc.de