Yearly Archives: 2015

eRx launches 2015 Pharmacy Survey Report identifying business value of ETP

eRx Script Exchange today launched the results of its 2015 Pharmacy eHealth Survey identifying the business impact of ETP (electronic transfer of prescriptions) on community pharmacy since eRx’s launch in 2009.

A total of 740 pharmacies, representing 14% of Australia’s community pharmacy sector, took part in the survey, which ran in the first half of this year. The survey honed in on four key areas of dispensing and workflow, patient outcomes, challenges and priorities, and innovations for the future.

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One billion eRx electronic scripts dispensed and counting

Australia achieved a major milestone in patient safety today, reaching one billion prescriptions dispensed electronically through eRx. Electronic transfer of prescriptions improves patient safety by increasing confidence that the correct medications are being dispensed whilst also making dispensing faster.

Electronic prescribing brings important safety gains as a result of the fact that prescription information, including patient and medication data, can be shared safely and securely between GPs and pharmacists. As a result, pharmacists no longer have to re-type medications or patient information, which makes dispensing faster whilst also increasing GP confidence that the correct medications are being dispensed.

The one billion electronic scripts have been dispensed via eRx Script Exchange, Australia’s first and largest national prescriptions exchange. Since its launch in 2009, 89% (4,714) of Australia’s pharmacies and 76% (19,930) of Australia’s GPs have connected to and are using the exchange.

According to Paul Naismith, pharmacist and CEO of Fred IT Group, “Exceeding one billion electronic dispensing records is real cause for celebration for Australian patients, their doctors and pharmacists. Electronic prescribing and dispensing are two of the most fundamental ways of adding efficiencies in the medication supply process whilst also improving safeguards against potential dispensing issues. Pharmacy customers are the winners here as a result of having had one billion scripts dispensed with a greater guarantee of safety.”

“The achievement of creating an Australia-wide electronic script network is a direct result of the significant support behind the scenes. This has included cooperation across pharmacy and medical professions, industry groups, IT companies and government. The majority of pharmacies have also told us that funding support, such as the recent continuation of electronic script funding under the 6th Community Pharmacy Agreement, is critical for the ongoing success of electronic prescribing.”

In our 2015 eRx survey of pharmacists:

• 74% of pharmacies said that government funding under the 5th Community Pharmacy Agreement was very important to their ongoing use of electronic scripts
• 74% of pharmacists also told us that they find eRx extremely valuable
• 46% said that dispensing efficiency was the major motivation for using eRx

Mr Naismith said, “We are firmly focused on improving and building on the achievement that is already in place. This means connecting more doctors and pharmacies, and continuing to identify ways to further improve eHealth connectivity so that doctors and pharmacists are able to experience the benefits of real-time medications histories, better medicines management and real-time communication with other professionals in their day to day work.”

The volume of electronic prescriptions and dispenses has increased exponentially since launch. By July 2015, pharmacies using eRx were electronically dispensing:

• 753,000 electronic prescriptions each day
• 5.2 million each week
• 22.5 million per month
• During peak periods, 25 electronic scripts are dispensed per second.

eRx is delivered in collaboration with 24 of Australia’s leading medical and pharmacy software vendors. A further eleven are in the process of integrating and certifying with the network.

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View our infographic on ePrescriptions
eRx One Billion Scripts - Infographic

eRx at HIC2015

We will be exhibiting at the HIC 2015 Conference in conjunction with Telstra Health

This year it’s at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 3rd August to 5th August. Come and chat with us about our eRx Express and our new Paperless Claiming feature!

Hope to see you at stand – 31

We will be at the PSA Conference!

We will be exhibiting at the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Conference.

This year it’s at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth from 21st July to 2nd August. Come and chat with us about our eRx Express and our new Paperless Claiming feature!

Hope to see you at stand – 30

Renewed funding for electronic transfer of prescriptions (ETP) in the new 6CPA

eRx Script Exchange welcomes the continuation of funding for the electronic transfer of prescriptions in the newly signed 6th Community Pharmacy Agreement.

The new agreement includes $12.6 million for ETP funding in the 2015-2016 financial year. An additional spend of $48.3 million has been set aside for ETP and eHealth in the years following, subject to a cost effectiveness study in 2016.

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