Govt accepts King review on eScripts, declines on machine dispensing

The federal government is moving ahead with regulatory changes to allow PBS medicines to be prescribed without the need for a paper script, but participation will be voluntary and doctors will retain complete control over all scripts, it says.

Responding to the independent King Review of Pharmacy Remuneration and Regulation, which called for an ePrescribing system as a matter of urgency, the government said work was already underway through an electronic prescribing working group (EPWG) established in 2016 to make electronic forms of PBS scripts a legal form of prescription.

Posted in Australian eHealth

Tags: ePrescribing

Comments  

+2 # Lynne Everett 2018-05-08 09:14
Wait, what? Machine dispensing for remote communities not being served by a pharmacy limits patient access to pharmacist advice? Which they already don't have, along with PBS prescribing, by virtue of not being served by a pharmacy?
I'm confused.
So not only are people living remotely disadvantaged by not having their medications displayed safely on the MyHR, we can't dispense medications to them in a way which would show up safely on the MyHR because they don't already have that.
Why am I not surprised.

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