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MN-CMS -Tech Excellence Awards

Shortlisted for the Tech Excellence Digital Transformation Project of the Year Award 2023

The MN-CMS team were honoured to be shortlisted for the ‘Digital Transformation Project of the Year’, Tech Excellence Awards 2023 in recognition of the achievement of the MN-CMS Antenatal Medication Inbound Messaging Project. 

MN-CMS advanced from a baseline of non-standardised medication information in the patient record from multiple GP systems to a clear, relevant and timely medication and vaccination history automatically filed in the MN-CMS EHR, thereby improving medication safety at transitions of care; a key priority for the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Benefits of the project include:

Enhanced communication

  • Instant access to the up-to-date details of medications prescribed, discontinued and vaccines administered to antenatal patients by their GP, supporting safer care.

 Standardised data entry

  • Standardised inbound medication information from multiple GP systems is in alignment with Slaintecare Strategic Action 10 supporting integrated patient-centered care, improving data, research and evaluation capabilities.


  • The implementation of this solution enables further innovation, e.g. the development of audit and research capabilities to identify prescribed medications pre-pregnancy and during pregnancy and their possible impacts.

 Medication Reconciliation Efficiency

  • The automated acquisition of the GP source of medication information facilitates the documentation of the most accurate medication history possible for over 500 patients per week.
  •  Replaces the requirement to contact GPs directly, saving a conservative estimate of 10 - 40 minutes per patient, if the GP surgery was accessible, as evidenced during the validation process, i.e. saving > 80 hours – 240 hours/week.
  • In keeping with the HIQA recommendation to focus on improving medication safetye. using 2 sources of information for medication histories.
  • Reduces the communication workload on GP practice staff.       

This is the first project, nationally, to develop a process for standardisation of medication-related information between GP systems and an EHR, which is an essential building block for the development of an Irish Summary Care Record as envisaged by Sláintecare.

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