Amanda Rich, IT Specialist/Senior Technician, says the work she does at the Hawke’s Bay Hospital is really rewarding.
“I manage our ePharmacy database, which is the database that most of the District Health Boards in New Zealand use. It is our core pharmacy management system that holds patient and medicine information and covers multiple pharmacy processes such as dispensing, compounding and stock control. I look after the entire database. So, it’s quite a big responsibility.”
Amanda is also a qualified medicines reconciliation technician, which means she supports the pharmacists on the ward with researching and talking to patients about their medication history, so that pharmacists and medical staff have a baseline on a patient’s medical history before they come into hospital.
“My role is important because I free up the time of the pharmacists on the ward and allow them to spend more time with patients on more serious clinical issues.”