Are you ready for ePrescribing?
What should you know about ePrescribing?
What is an ePrescription?
ePrescribing provides an option for prescribers (including doctors, dentists, optometrists, midwives and nurse practitioners), and patients to use a legal electronic prescription rather than the current paper-based prescription.
It was identified as part of the 2018-19 Federal Budget and is a key priority to increase the efficiency, compliance, drug safety and data collection of Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medications.
ePrescribing will assist in having “digitally enabled paper-free options for all medication management in Australia by 2020”. ePrescribing not only provides an increase in convenience but will also improve medications safety.
BENEFITS OF ePRESCRIBING?
The accuracy and security of sharing medical information is essential for achieving better health outcomes for patients and healthcare professionals.
From a patient’s perspective, accurate information is crucial to reduce transcription errors and improve their health outcomes. ePrescribing will also contribute to reducing the likelihood of preventable adverse effects from medications.
From a pharmacy perspective, ePrescribing offers significant time and workflow efficiencies, such as reducing time spent on re-keying prescription data. These savings enable more time for patient consultation along with an increased focus on medication compliance. Further, ePrescribing will enable better messaging between pharmacists and doctors, streamlining how owing prescriptions are managed, as well as changes in item or instructions and last repeat notifications.
HOW WILL AN ePRESCRIPTION BE TRANSMITTED?
Prescribing clinical software will allow the prescriber to generate a paper prescription or electronic prescription (ePrescription) based on the patient’s preference. eRx are including the standard barcode and QR code on all ePrescriptions. ePrescriptions can be delivered to the Patient via two different methods:
Method 1 - Token
- The Patient is sent an SMS or an email containing a link to a ‘token’ which they will present at the pharmacy for dispensing.
- Alternatively a token could be provided on a paper printout, this will be presented to the Pharmacy to retrieve the ePrescription.
- The Token method is more suited to casual medication users with a low level of medication complexity.
Method 2 - Active Script List (ASL)
- ASL is a patient controlled, list of active scripts that are ready for dispensing.
- Access is controlled by the Patient.
- Eliminates the risk of losing Prescriptions.
- This model is more targeted to regular medication users.
What Corum Health is doing
Corum Health has been actively involved in industry working groups for the implementation of ePrescribing. Our Managing Director David Clarke, chaired the Technical Working Group, working with industry and software representatives in the health sector, and is now involved in the Implementation and Change Management Working Group.
Corum is working with several vendors in the industry to ensure our software is not only compliant with the regulatory changes but will allow customers to get the maximum benefits from ePrescribing. We continue to work with pharmacists to ensure our software meets your needs and allows a smooth transition into the eHealth era.