National medications repository to roll out in May

A new National Prescription and Dispense Repository (NPDR) will begin to roll out in early May, based on the technology developed during the MedView project.

MedView, one of the Wave 2 projects developed to test the implementation of the PCEHR, was completed last year and involved the creation of a shared repository that allowed general practitioners, pharmacists, aged care facilities and hospitals to see a combined list of prescribed and dispensed medications for patients involved in the trial.

It was centred around the Geelong region of Victoria and involved Barwon Health's Geelong Hospital, general practitioners, community pharmacists and an aged care facility in the area, along with Barwon Medicare Local.

According to a recent Barwon Health newsletter, the NPDR will roll out in early May and will enable Geelong Hospital clinicians to view a combined list of prescribed and dispensed medications across the different hospitals, doctors and pharmacies for people registered for the PCEHR.

“Barwon Health is the only site in the country that will link a hospital, GPs, pharmacies and an aged care facility through consolidated medications information,” the organisation said.

There are no details available as to when it will begin to roll out to the rest of the country, despite Pulse+IT's requests for more information from the National E-Health Transition Authority (NEHTA). NEHTA has since referred Pulse+IT to the Department of Health and Ageing.

The MedView project involved a number of software vendors from the primary care, aged care and acute sector, which worked on integrating the HI Service into their systems. These included GP software providers Best Practice and Zedmed, pharmacy software vendors Fred, Simple Aquarius and Pharmhos, aged care software specialist iCare, and acute care prescribing and dispensing systems BOSSnet and Pharmhos's Merlin.

Fred IT, which led the development of the technology, used its eRx Script Exchange as the electronic prescription exchange platform.

According to Fred, in the first three months of the trial last year, 10,046 patients had their medications information shared electronically between their care team, 149,000 records were created and 190 of 198 pharmacies in the region were involved.

David Freemantle, general manager for eHealth at Fred IT Group and the lead spokesperson for the MedView project, told Pulse+IT last year that patient consent to collect the information was captured within the pharmacy and GP desktop systems.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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