Category Archives: For Pharmacists

Fred IT to release first phase of MedView Medicines Workspace in MyHR trial

Pharmacy software specialist Fred IT will try out the first phase of its new MedView Medicines Workspace during the later stages of the Northern Queensland trial for the opt-out model of the My Health Record.

First announced at the Australian Pharmacy Professional (APP) conference on the Gold Coast earlier this month, Fred’s MedView Medicines Workspace will eventually allow doctors, pharmacists, hospitals and patients to have shared access to critical medicines information and services.

Fred IT CEO Paul Naismith said the web application would initially provide a medicines reconciliation function particularly aimed at pharmacists but would grow to allow all authorised health professionals to have a single patient view of the different sources of medication knowledge, and then provide a medication services on top of that.

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Priceline Pharmacy names eRx Express as preferred Pharmacy Mobile App

Australian Pharmaceutical Industries (API) and the Fred IT Group today announced a new partnership which will allow Priceline Pharmacy prescription customers to order their prescriptions and receive script reminders via eRx Express on their smartphone or tablet.

API CEO and Managing Director Stephen Roche said, “Our new partnership with the Fred IT Group enables Priceline Pharmacy to implement a mobile app strategy that will deliver ongoing value to Priceline Pharmacies and its customers. This decision is based on a strategic commitment to ensure that, wherever possible, our digital services integrate with existing eHealth networks. Currently eRx Express, via Fred’s eRx network, is the only mobile app that allows this.”

Paul Naismith, Pharmacist and CEO, Fred IT said, “We commend API for its vision in exploring new ways for consumer apps to complement their business. Consumer apps are a vital innovation in pharmacy professional services, improving health outcomes by making it easier and safer for customers to manage their medicines, whilst also increasing communication between pharmacy and pharmacy customers, and creating workflow efficiencies for pharmacy.”

According to Andrew Rewell, Pharmacy Strategic Relationship Manager at Priceline Pharmacy, the partnership provides greater flexibility for Priceline customers: “Priceline customers can now order scripts and receive script reminders via their smartphone or tablet, safe in the knowledge that their health information integrates with and delivers on the safety benefits of e-Health. Importantly, our pharmacies can provide an additional value add around medicines’ management and wellbeing, and Priceline can continue to tailor a solution based around the choice of ‘pharmacy managed’ and ‘customer managed’ prescriptions”.

The first stage of the partnership will see Priceline Pharmacy launch eRx Express to complement and expand its existing Sister Club HealthPlus program and script reminder service. eRx Express is a free app that enables people to pre-order their scripts via their smartphone, for collection at a date and time that suits, including functions such as newly released script reminders and checking when scripts are ready for collection.

Longer term, the partnership will see the two groups work together to continue to innovate and enhance mobile app functions for Priceline Pharmacy customers and pharmacies.

Priceline announces eRx Express as preferred app

 

About Priceline Pharmacy

Priceline Pharmacy is Australia’s leading beauty and health store for women. Priceline Pharmacy’s first store opened in Victoria 30 years ago and today there are more than 373 stores nationally, 231 of which offer a pharmacy service. Priceline Pharmacy is dedicated to helping women look good, live well and feel great, and offers a wide range of leading health and beauty products and complementary services. Priceline’s Sister Club has over 4.6 million members, making it Australia’s largest health and beauty loyalty program. Priceline Pharmacy also supports six charity partners through The Priceline Sisterhood – an initiative developed to support the health concerns that matter most to women. For more information or to shop online visit priceline.com.au

About Fred IT Group

Fred IT Group is Australia’s leading provider of IT services to pharmacy with more than 3,000 pharmacies using Fred’s market leading solutions, which include Fred Dispense, Fred Office and Fred Net broadband. Fred innovations such as eRx Script Exchange, Australia’s first and largest national electronic prescriptions exchange, connect more than 20,000 doctors and 4,300 pharmacies to improve patient safety and dispensing efficiency. eRx’s extensive network allows Fred to advance medication focused eHealth initiatives to lower risk and improve patients’ medication outcomes.

eRx Express wins ICT Innovation Award

eRx Express took out this year’s Victorian Innovation Award for Health at the iAwards, Australia’s premier awards recognising the innovations of Australian ICT companies, held in Melbourne on Tuesday 4 June.

 

The prestigious iAwards (www.iawards.com.au) are hosted by the Australian Computer Society (ACS), Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) and the Pearcey Foundation to recognise companies at the cutting edge of technology and to reward innovations that can positively impact on the community. All state winners then take part in a national judging process, with national iAwards winners to be announced on 29 August. eRx Script Exchange also received the iAwards Victorian Innovation Award for Health in 2009.

 

eRx Express is a free smartphone app that allows people to scan and pre-order their script medicines for collection at a time and date that suits, with ongoing innovations such as script reminders to help make managing medicines easier and safer. eRx Script Exchange developed the eRx Express app to make it easier for customers to manage their script medicines and to provide greater flexibility in how people engage with pharmacy.

 

According to Jason Bratuskins, Pharmacist and eHealth Products Manager for the Fred IT Group and eRx Script Exchange, “We are delighted to see eRx Express recognised in this way. As Australia’s only prescription ordering app providing the ability to pre-order scripts via a smartphone whilst also integrating with eRx Script Exchange, eRx Express is playing a significant role in making health outcomes of improved patient safety and electronic prescriptions more widely available.”

“We thank our pharmacy and medical IT vendor partners for collaborating to make these important developments available to the public, firstly, in connecting doctors and pharmacists to improve dispensing and patient safety, and finally in allowing consumers to pre-order scripts via that network.”

 

The app was rolled out Australia-wide in collaboration with the leading medical and pharmacy IT companies, who integrated eRx into their software and made it available to doctors and pharmacists as part of standard software updates. In 6 years, the eRx eHealth network has grown to include 20,000 GPs and 4,300 pharmacies who are now transmitting an average 4.5 million scripts each week.

The benefits of eRx Express include:

  • Improved control for patients when managing their medicines
  • Improved patient safety by reducing the risk of transcribing errors
  • Improved workflow in the pharmacy, delivering efficiency benefits
  • A better health care experience for patients as a result of improved coordination and management of care between doctors, pharmacists and patients
  • Reduced customer queues waiting times in pharmacies.

 

eRx Express is a free app for iPhone, Android and Windows smart phones. It can be downloaded now at the App Store for iPhone, Google Play for Android, and Windows Phone Store for Microsoft.

FRED launches national electronic prescribing initiative

Fred Health is launching a new initiative called eRx Script Exchange to develop national
electronic prescribing. In partnership with Simpl (New Zealand) and Microsoft Australia,
the new initiative will create a secure, encrypted gateway for pharmacies and doctors to
exchange prescriptions electronically.

Read about the launch of eRx in September 2008: eRx_Media_Release_02_sep_2008.