The roll-out of a hospital-wide electronic medication management system (eMMS) is a challenging task, requiring planning, coordination, communication and change management. This research aimed to explore the views of doctors and nurses about the strategy used to implement an eMM system in a paediatric hospital. Semi-structured interviews were performed during the first week of the implementation on each ward, and were then followed up three and six weeks post implementation. In total, 90 users (60 nurses and 30 doctors) were asked about their impressions of the implementation, as well as their perceptions of training and IT support. Qualitative thematic analysis was performed by three researchers. Most users perceived the implementation of the eMM to be positive overall. Although perceptions of the implementation process remained largely consistent across the six weeks, users identified several areas where improvements were needed, especially early in implementation, including resources, planning, roll-out strategy and training. These findings are useful for future implementations of eMM systems in paediatric hospitals.
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