Electronic prescriptions enable the prescribing, dispensing, and claiming of medicines, without the need for a paper prescription.
ePrescriptions will not be mandatory. Patients can choose either an electronic or a paper prescription, but not both. Paper prescriptions will still exist.
Electronic prescriptions will not fundamentally change the existing prescribing and dispensing processes. Patients can still choose which pharmacy they attend to fill their prescription.
Important reminder: At this stage, ePrescriptions should only be within the constraints of defined ‘electronic prescribing Communities of Interest’. These are locations involving at least one general practice and a community pharmacy in close proximity who MUST BOTH be ready to prescribe and dispense electronic prescriptions. If there are not community pharmacies nearby who also have their dispensing software enabled, patients may not be able to get their electronic prescription dispensed. Unless you are working within a known Community of Interest, we request you do not yet use the electronic prescription functionality.
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How to prepare your practice for Electronic Prescriptions
- Register an HPI-O (Healthcare Provider Identifier-Organisation) for your organisation. Enter the HPI-O in your clinical software.
- Request a NASH digital certificate via HPOS and import it into your clinical software.
- Connect your practice to an ETP (Electronic Transfer of Prescriptions): eRx or MediSecure.
- Ensure patient records are up-to-date and include their mobile phone number / email.
- Keep your staff informed about ePrescriptions and how they may respond to patients’ questions about ePrescriptions.