Electronic prescription exchanges to be connected within months
GPs and pharmacists will soon be able to send and receive electronic prescriptions from either eRx Script Exchange or MediSecure Script Vault following an agreement between the two vendors to allow interoperability.
In what will be seen as a major breakthrough for eHealth in Australia, it is understood that the two vendors have been working together for some months to enable users to send and receive eScripts from each product without having to install both.
Industry sources have told Pulse+IT that the technical hurdles will be overcome by December, with a probable roll out to pharmacists and GPs early in the new year.
GP desktop and pharmacy software vendors have been informed of the agreement, several sources have confirmed, although it is not yet clear what if any alterations to prescribing or dispensing software will be required.
For GPs, one of the requirements of qualifying for the eHealth Practice Incentive Program (ePIP) will be electronic transfer of prescriptions (ETP) capability using one or both of the exchanges.
Initially, software vendors were expected to have to conform to a new ETP standard being prepared for submission to Standards Australia by the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA), although the draft standard has since been withdrawn for further review.
As of today, five GP clinical software vendors – Stat Health, Health Communication Network (HCN), Zedmed, Genie Solutions and Best Practice – have been listed on the ePIP register for ETP, although this number is expected to increase shortly as most vendors have integrated with one of the exchanges.
Pulse+IT has sought further information from the Department of Health and Ageing.
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