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Patient medication safety improvements to be examined by Fred IT Group

Fred will lead a new medicines safety project to explore the impact of digital health records in improving patient medication safety for the Australian Digital Health Agency.

The medicines safety project is one of 15 Digital Health Test Beds announced on Tuesday by The Hon. Greg Hunt, MP Minister for Health. The project will investigate the impact of digital health systems in supporting patient medication safety and clinical decision-making as patients move between the care of their community pharmacy and hospital settings.

According to Fred CEO and pharmacist Paul Naismith, digital health systems can provide significant value to clinical and patient support as patients move through these settings.

Hospital, community pharmacy and GP settings have evolved with different clinical systems which means that they have not necessarily spoken to each other. This has meant that real-time medications management and reconciliation is not necessarily visible to all parties as patients move between these different care settings, with concerning implications for clinical decision-making and patient safety. 

 Fred believes that digital systems have a fundamental role to play in bridging gaps such as these in patient medicines history between different pharmacy settings. We are delighted to be involved in the process of gathering evidence about the real impact that digital health records have in strengthening medications management and patient outcomes .  

Fred, together with partners including the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and Monash University will measure the impact of digital medications reconciliation on patient medication safety and improving access to clinical decision-making data, using information from Fred’s existing clinical tool, MedView together with the My Health Record.

Click here to view the Fred IT Group media release
‘Improving patient healthcare through digital trials’, Australian Digital Health Agency, 3 July 2018

eRx Script Exchange hits 2 billion clinical records

As pharmacy enters its busiest dispensing period of the year, eRx Script Exchange has achieved the significant milestone of 2 billion clinical records whilst also delivering the majority of electronic prescriptions in less than 1 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 8 years since eRx was launched in 2009. 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 2 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 2 billion clinical records. 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. Over the past 12 months these speed and reliability enhancements have meant:

  • 99% of all scripts are now delivered in less than 3 seconds
  • 90% of scripts are delivered in under 1 second – a significant improvement upon the 60% of scripts delivered in this timeframe 12 months ago

eRx safer & faster

According to David Freemantle,

Reaching 2 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 List

A 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.

Click here to view the full media release


Find out why 90% of pharmacies and over 20,000 doctors trust eRx


Fred IT Group wins contract to deliver real-time prescription monitoring in Victoria

Fred IT Group (owner of eRx Script Exchange) has been appointed to develop a real-time prescription monitoring system called SafeScript by the Victorian Department of Human Services, to help prevent prescription medication misuse and to save lives.

Last year, 372 Victorians died as a result of the overdose of prescription medicines. SafeScript will help health professionals deal with this growing problem by providing them with an accurate and up to date picture of patient prescriptions. This clinical data will help pharmacists and GPs to identify and support patients who are at risk.

According to Paul Naismith, pharmacist and CEO of Fred IT Group,

As pharmacists and health professionals, we see how many people in the community are negatively affected by the misuse of prescription medicine. As a company, we are extremely grateful to have the opportunity to work with the Victorian Government on reducing the devastating impact of medications misuse. 

… I am proud that with SafeScript we are able to build on that backbone in a way that will make a real difference to the community.  

SafeScript will be rolled out in Victoria in 2018. It will utilise real-time prescription data captured via the electronic transfer of prescriptions through eRx Script Exchange and MediSecure to monitor Schedule 8 medications and other high-risk medications.

According to Telstra Health Managing Director Mary Foley,

Telstra Health welcomes the opportunity to play a role in this significant Victorian Government initiative that has real potential to save lives. Through our partnership with Fred IT Group’s eRx Script Exchange and in conjunction with MediSecure, we will provide a vital clinical alerting tool and capability to enable doctors and pharmacists to identify and support patients with potential dependency issues with prescription medications.  

Click here to view the Fred IT Group media release.
Read the Victorian Government Media Release: Saving lives: getting SafeScript done in Victoria


What is real time prescription monitoring (RTPM)?