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Helping you get ready for electronic prescriptions

October 27, 2020

Electronic prescriptions project is being rolled out in stages across the country. Following the successful expansion of electronic prescriptions firstly to Melbourne and then all of Victoria, the Department has endorsed through peak bodies and industry a broader rollout to Metropolitan Sydney (stage 2) read more here. Queensland will follow soon.

Our PHN is working with the Department of Health and the Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency) to get GP practices and pharmacies ready with the infrastructure that enables electronic prescriptions such as electronic transfer of prescriptions (eRx or Medisecure) when it will be rolled out across Queensland.

Electronic prescriptions – start getting ready

What is Electronic Transfer of Prescriptions?

Electronic Transfer of Prescriptions (ETP) involves the creation of an electronic message alongside the paper prescription, which is transmitted to a Prescription Delivery Service (PDS). At the time of prescribing, a barcode is generated and printed on a paper prescription. A pharmacy then dispenses the prescription by scanning the barcode which downloads the prescription information from the PDS.

There are currently two prescription delivery services available for providers — eRx Script Exchange and MediSecure. The two services are interoperable, meaning prescription information sent using one PDS service can be downloaded by a pharmacy connected to the other PDS.

Benefits

  • Reduces the likelihood of transcription related dispense errors
  • Assists in meeting the Practice Incentives Program eHealth Incentive (ePIP) requirements
  • Enables upload of prescription and dispense records to My Health Record
  • Supports the technical requirements for electronic prescriptions

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