MediSecure to hook up to the NPDR

Prescription exchange service MediSecure has announced it has signed a commercial agreement with NEHTA to integrate with the National Prescription and Dispense Repository (NPDR).

The move will mean that both prescription exchange vendors, MediSecure and eRx, will now be able to link to the repository, which has been built as part of the national PCEHR infrastructure.

When fully rolled out, the NPDR will provide a comprehensive list of prescribed and dispensed medications for each individual, irrespective of who they were prescribed or dispensed by.

Consumers have a view within their PCEHR of data sent to the NPDR, although the actual repository has only recently gone live. Certain pharmacies and general practices that were involved in the MedView project, which oversaw the design and development of the NPDR, are currently able to access it through their software.

Pharmacies involved in the trial that have registered for the PCEHR and are using Fred Dispense or Simple Retail's Aquarius dispensing software can now send patient data to the NPDR with the patient's consent.

Some general practice software vendors are currently working on integrating the functionality within their products, with Genie and Aboriginal healthcare specialist Communicare already having completed the integration.

NPDR integration will gradually be rolled out throughout the primary healthcare, community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, acute care and aged care sectors.

MediSecure CEO Phillip Shepherd said the company had agreed to participate in the NPDR project and use MediSecure's infrastructure to deliver medications information for consenting consumers to the NPDR direct from the medical practitioner’s desktop or the pharmacy dispensing system.

“The next step is to have full engagement from all clinical and dispense software vendors so that over time prescriptions and dispensing information for consenting consumers can be captured and placed in the NPDR and the consumer’s PCEHR,” Mr Shepherd said.

“A comprehensive medicines record will lead to better clinical decision making at the point of care and improved consumer health outcomes. The project plan for the NPDR integration is being finalised so that the community can benefit from a reliable and complete medicines record.”

Mr Shepherd said MediSecure had commenced preparatory and scoping work on the NPDR project in March and the commercial agreement was signed last week.

The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Posted in Australian eHealth

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