eRx to launch QR code scanning app for pharmacy

eRx Script Exchange will launch its first smart phone app to connect consumers with its national eScripts network in October.

The eRx Express app will allow consumers to scan and pre-order their medicines from their regular pharmacy or other pharmacy of choice.

The app works by scanning the QR code that will begin to appear on prescriptions, replicating the eRx barcode information on each script.

Customers can then collect their medicine at a convenient date and time. They hand over their paper script at the same time that they collect, ensuring that all PBS requirements are met.

Paul Naismith, CEO of eRx parent company Fred IT Group, said the app was a bridge between the convenience of the mobile world and the privacy and security of the national eRx network.

“With the explosion in the use of mobile apps over recent years, we are pleased to be launching applications that provide consumers with the mobility and convenience that they want,” Mr Naismith said in a statement.

“Our primary concern has been in ensuring that we provide this flexibility whilst also ensuring that this and any future apps integrate with and uphold the security and privacy standards of other pharmacy and health applications, including integrating with pharmacy dispensing systems.”

Because the app will use individual QR codes which replicate the eRx barcode information on each script, script requests sent via eRx Express will integrate directly into the pharmacy dispensing system, saving time as there is no re-keying of data.

The app also has the potential to improve the dispensing workflow, Mr Naismith said.

“Innovations such as eRx Express also have real potential to help smooth out the peaks and troughs of the dispensing workload, distributing the dispensing workload across the day.

“Ultimately, apps such as these can reduce queue times in pharmacies, which benefits our customers and staff, and frees up pharmacy to spend more time helping customers with their healthcare needs.”

The new app will join the recently released Send a Script app, which allows users to take a photo of the script and SMS it to the pharmacy, where it is received in a browser-based dashboard.

eRx Express will be previewed this weekend at the NSW Pharmacy National Convention & Exhibition, and is due for national launch in October 2013.

Pharmacies can register their interest at www.erx.com.au/express.

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