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Electronic prescriptions are improving patient safety

June 07, 2022

Electronic prescriptions are providing Australians with convenient access to their medicines, particularly for those isolating due to COVID-19 or having telehealth consultations.

Two years ago, the rollout of electronic prescriptions was fast-tracked in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, more than 56 million electronic prescriptions and repeats have been issued by more than 41,000 prescribers. Furthermore, the electronic prescribing initiative continues to evolve and improve.

For patients taking multiple medications, the Active Script List (ASL) is a solution that provides further convenience and flexibility, streamlining electronic prescription management. To get an Active Script List individuals need to register at their local pharmacy.

You can help your patients use electronic prescriptions, removing the need for them to manage multiple tokens on their mobile device, by encouraging them to talk to their pharmacist about registering for an Active Script List. Once they have an ASL, any electronic prescription created is automatically added to the ASL (unless the patient asks the prescriber not to) and the patient does not need to present a token at the pharmacy to get their script filled.

For more information about electronic prescriptions and ASL click here.

Access CPD accredited free online training for prescribers here: Electronic Prescribing in your Practice