eRx hits critical mass

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eRx Script Exchange has achieved a significant milestone: two billion clinical records, while delivering the majority of electronic prescriptions in less than a second

With more than 22,000 GPs and 90% of Australian community pharmacies using eRx, this means that the clinical data on prescriptions and dispenses available to the MyHR has grown significantly in the eight years since eRx was launched in 2009, Fred IT says.

The first billion electronic clinical records occurred in a little over six years (between May 2009 and July 2015), whilst the second billion took a little over two years.

According to David Freemantle, General Manager of eHealth for Fred IT Group, this achievement of two billion clinical transactions demonstrates the significant progression of eHealth in Australia over recent years.

“This is the first time that an Australian health information exchange has reached the critical mass of two billion clinical records,” he says.

“This is a significant milestone in terms of demonstrating the ongoing advances being made in eHealth in Australia, as well as in delivering tangible benefits of safer and more efficient dispensing to the majority of pharmacists and their patients throughout Australia.”

With 7.6 million prescribe and dispense events expected in the week leading up to Christmas Day, speed and reliability enhancements continue to support the ability of pharmacists to ensure the safety of their patients in these busy times, Fred IT says.

Over the past 12 months these speed and reliability enhancements have meant:

  • 99% of all scripts are now delivered in less than three seconds
  • 90% of scripts are delivered in under one second – a significant improvement upon the 60% of scripts delivered in this timeframe 12 months ago

According to David Freemantle, “Reaching two billion records is an outstanding outcome and paves the way for services that have the ability to break down the medication data silos prevalent across the health sector and to enable health practitioners to make more informed clinical decisions regarding their patient’s care.”

New clinical tools and services are already exploring how, with patient consent and appropriate security and safety checks, patient medications information can extend clinical decision-making, with the potential for saving lives, including:

  • MedView Medicines Lista consolidated medications history that is currently being used in two Victorian hospitals for medications reconciliation on admission, and available to community pharmacies for a range of medications management services.
  • SafeScript, the real-time prescription monitoring system recently announced by the Victorian Department of Human Services to help prevent prescription medication misuse and save lives. Fred has been appointed to develop SafeScript for roll out in Victoria in 2018.

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