It’s a topic that has been on the radar for some time and the evolution of ePrescriptions is now upon us. It all started with the electronic transfer of prescriptions (ETP) and it is only a matter of time before the paper script becomes redundant… but there is a little while to go before that is a reality.
The industry is embarking on significant digital advances with the introduction of real time prescription monitoring (RTPM) along with ePrescriptions. This will, if it hasn’t already via RTPM, impact the way your pharmacy operates in the dispensary.
Whilst we wait for ePrescriptions to be rolled out, there are things that you can do now, in your pharmacy, to get ready for the new era in eHealth. We have identified 3 areas to help get you started:
Ensuring your pharmacy is equipped with a good internet connection, up to date computers & equipment and the right security for your data is essential.
Connection to a PES is the first step in the ePrescription process. Without connection to a PES, you are unable to access the information held within the script prescribed by the GP. Along with a PES connection, integration with MyHR and the ability to access your relevant state’s RTPM platform are as important as the PES.
Getting your team up to speed on what ePrescriptions will mean for the pharmacy means you will have an easier time when the transition eventually happens. A good way to start is to ensure your team are scanning every script, and if the barcodes on the scripts aren’t working, let’s get them working!
Want to find out how you can prepare you pharmacy and become eHealth ready? Visit the eHealth page on the eRx website for a guide on how start preparing your pharmacy today.