What is CHARM®?
CHARM® is an Oncology Information Management Solution that has been developed to support the multidisciplinary teams involved in the care of patients with cancer.
CHARM® is capable of integrating with multiple applications used in both the public and private health systems and has been developed to comply with Health Level 7 (HL7) standards for electronic data exchange.
CHARM® Connecting the Multidisciplinary Team
CHARM® offers a solution that delivers the communication and management of patient information which will improve efficiency, safety and communication between all healthcare professionals involved in the provision of care to the Oncology patient.
Clinicians are provided with a rich, yet simple, set of tools to assist in all aspects of patient care. Scheduling treatment using a clinical pathway template creates entries for every patient appointment required and lists the resources required for each visit. Medication doses for the entire treatment are calculated based on pre-defined dosing rules specific for each pathway. Recommended tests and interventions which should be ordered for each treatment day are also listed. Progress notes can be recorded in various formats and viewed by the multi- disciplinary team. Interfaces to pathology, radiology and radiation treatment systems ensures that current and accurate clinical information is available at the time important treatment decisions must be made.
Nursing staff will be able to use the various modules and tools to run the day therapy units safely and efficiently utilising the patient scheduler, medication management, decision support, and electronic medical record and reporting tools provided with CHARM®.
Pharmacists benefit enormously as a result of the improved communication provided by CHARM® solutions. They are instantaneously notified when a drug order is changed or cancelled, and they can review important patient results in advance so that they can plan their workload and staffing levels accordingly. In comparison to normal pharmacy management systems, which generate inventory orders based on historical usage, the rich data captured enables the generation of reports based on actual future requirements, which improves purchasing capabilities, reduces inventory costs and enables them to maximise the economies of purchasing high use items in bulk.
Hospital administrators and managers will have a multitude of uses for the detailed and complex information stored in the patient electronic medical record modules, including: Managing human resources – pharmacy and nursing staff; Reporting future drug expenditure based on patients scheduled for treatment; Measuring the quality of care and service planning.
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