Six additional community pharmacy software vendors have agreed to connect up to the My Health Record system
The Australian Digital Health Agency has entered into agreements with Dispense Works, Minfos, Mountaintop Dispense, RxOne, ScriptPro Dispense, and Z Dispense, the agency announced on Wednesday.
These are in addition to Fred Dispense and Aquarius Dispense, which already connect to the My Health Record system.
And negotiations are ongoing with a number of other pharmacy dispensing software vendors; the agency says it is confident that agreements will be in place with almost all vendors in the next few months.
PSA National President and specialist adviser to the agency, Dr Shane Jackson, has welcomed the strong response from industry and flagged some of the ways that pharmacists will be able to provide better patient care.
“Connecting to My Health Record allows pharmacists to contribute to, and access, health information for the community we serve,” says Dr Jackson.
“For example, access to discharge summaries and information about allergies will help pharmacists provide relevant advice that is targeted to each individual, and ensure the safety of the patient.”
Dr Jackson says connecting the pharmacy vendor’s software to My Health Record will allow medication dispense records to be added “seamlessly” to the patient’s My Health Record at the time of dispensing.
“Pharmacists will also spend less time chasing up clinical information and will have access to My Health Record as part of their regular workflow and dispensing process,” he says.
The Australian Digital Health Agency is providing direct funding to several community pharmacy software vendor to connect them to the My Health Record system.
It has been working closely with stakeholders including healthcare providers, clinicians, the Medical Software Industry Association (MSIA), the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and individual software vendors to maximise the use of My Health Record in community pharmacies.