E-scripts: the next stage

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Electronic scripts are set to roll out across Sydney

Sydney’s five million residents will soon have access to electronic prescriptions, including communities from Hornsby shire in the north, to the city of Campbelltown in the south and the city of Penrith in the west.

This follows the roll out across all of Victoria in September.

Australian Digital Health Agency CEO Amanda Cattermole said, “There has been significant uptake of electronic prescriptions since they were first made available in May; since then, nearly 400,000 electronic prescriptions have been received by patients.”

Victoria already has access to electronic prescriptions and Sydney will roll out this month, followed by a staged expansion across the rest of Australia.

To prepare for electronic prescriptions, more than 13,000 healthcare providers have attended online training and education sessions run by the Agency.

Further support and advice has been provided by clinical peak bodies, including the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners , the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.

Western Sydney pharmacy owner and NSW Pharmacy Guild and National Councillor Catherine Bronger said, “Community pharmacies across Sydney have been working to upgrade their dispensing software and review their in-pharmacy workflow to get ready for electronic prescriptions.

“The Guild looks forward to further releases of electronic prescriptions functionality providing more convenience for patients, especially those who are on multiple medicines.”

Future software enhancements in 2020 include the Active Script List, which is a token management solution.

The Agency is encouraging people to check if their preferred pharmacy is ready to dispense electronic prescriptions before requesting an electronic prescription from their doctor.

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