11 May 2012 | Medication Safety
Anton Venter has been appointed to the role of National Programme Director eMedicines, for the Health Quality & Safety Commission (the Commission). He will work in the National Medication Safety Programme, which is delivered jointly by the Commission and the National Health Board/National Health IT Board.
Mr Venter, who is a registered pharmacist, will lead the introduction of electronic medicines management within New Zealand hospitals.
One of his key tasks will be implementing the Go for Gold campaign. The campaign aims to have 100 percent of public hospitals participating in electronic medicines management from 2012 and to have achieved ‘gold’ level medication management by the end of 2014.
Gold level is when a hospital has implemented electronic medicine reconciliation (eMR) and electronic prescribing and administration (ePA). The widespread use of eMR and ePA will reduce the number of New Zealanders harmed each year by medication errors and adverse drug events.
Commission CEO, Dr Janice Wilson, says Mr Venter has a strong background in leading the development and implementation of information technology to improve the delivery of health care services.
“Anton brings a wide range of skills to this role, including an understanding of clinical needs, and technical requirements and standards. He has strong networks in the health IT sector, and will ensure clinicians are kept engaged as electronic medicines management is implemented.”
National Health IT Board Director, Graeme Osborne, says Anton Venter is a clinical leader who can motivate people to work differently.
“I look forward to having his energy and insight engaged in the National Medication Safety Programme.”
Anton Venter will be based at the National Health IT Board. He comes to the role from Healthcare of New Zealand, where he is National Manager, Integrated Care.