DoH backtracks on end date for image-based prescriptions

The Australian Department of Health has agreed to extend the arrangements for image-based prescriptions until the end of the year, as a backlash grows in the midst of the COVID-19 crises in NSW, Victoria and the ACT.

The department told Pulse+IT last month that while the subsidy for the SMS costs for GPs issuing electronic prescription tokens would continue until next June, the special arrangements for image-based prescriptions – which allow doctors to email, text or fax a digital image of a paper script to the patient’s pharmacy – were to cease on September 30.

Posted in Australian eHealth

Tags: ePrescribing, eScripts, image-based prescribing

Comments  

0 # Sandra Leong 2021-09-09 14:15
it looks like this confirmation hasn't quite made it to the DoH's website:
https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-the-health-and-disability-sector/providing-health-care-remotely-during-covid-19#how-to-provide-prescriptions-and-prescription-medication-via-telehealth

However, for other interested readers, AMA Victoria has published additional information here: https://www.amavic.com.au/news---resources/stethoscope/-343-digital-image-based-prescribing-arrangements-extended
0 # Kate McDonald 2021-09-09 14:31
Thanks Sandra. You can rest assured that Pulse+IT checked the facts directly with the department or we would not have published the story.

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