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Australia’s first electronic prescription successfully dispensed

Leading Australian prescribing and dispensing vendors collaborate to complete electronic prescription.

Australia’s first paperless electronic prescription in primary care was successfully prescribed and dispensed in Victoria yesterday, marking a significant first step in the national delivery of electronic prescriptions.

The first electronic prescribing and dispensing occurred between Anglesea Medical and Anglesea Pharmacy. It used the “token” model where the doctor sends the electronic prescription along with a code or “token” to the patient by SMS or email. The patient then forwards or presents the code to their chosen pharmacy for dispensing.

According to Dr David Corbet at Anglesea Medical who prescribed the first electronic prescription, “The process is as simple as writing the prescription in the usual manner and, with the consent of the patient, selecting that the prescription is generated as an electronic prescription.”

Pharmacist Jason Bratuskins dispensed the first electronic prescription in his Anglesea pharmacy. He commented, “Our patients and staff have been profoundly influenced by the isolation requirements of COVID-19, and it has been terrific to be part of efforts to re-define how we support our patients with alternative options for fulfilling prescriptions. I was pleased to see that this could sit comfortably alongside our existing processes.”

This week’s successful electronic prescription occurred using the Best Practice prescribing system, prescription exchange service eRx Script Exchange, Fred NXT Dispense and MedView Flow.

Pharmacist and CEO of Fred IT Group, Paul Naismith said,

“The achievement of the first successful electronic prescription in primary care settings is a major step forward in Australia’s provision of a digital network that provides patients with flexibility for how they access their medications. I am very proud of the Fred and eRx teams which, through ongoing innovation and hard work, have achieved this result ahead of schedule in a very challenging work environment.”

CEO of Best Practice, Dr Frank Pyefinch, was thrilled to hear that the first electronic script had been successfully transferred using Best Practice Software, saying,

“Our team has pulled out all stops to deliver this important functionality as quickly as possible and we expect that it will confirm that electronic prescriptions are the way of the future. It is history in the making!”

The token model will work alongside the Active Script List (ASL) to provide patients with flexibility in how they digitally access their medications. This week’s success covered the entire electronic process of the token model: prescribing electronically in Best Practice, providing the patient with a token with the required number of repeats via eRx, sending the dispensing request to the pharmacy, integrating it into the pharmacy’s workflow, based on MedView Flow, and then dispensing in Fred NXT.

Fred CEO Paul Naismith emphasised that ongoing industry collaboration will be vital to the national delivery of electronic prescriptions. Naismith concluded, “The priority from here is to continue approving participating vendor systems and understand what is needed to prepare patients, prescribers and pharmacies for a national system of electronic prescriptions. The token model and ASL are both important components of a national approach which provides patients with the flexibility and security to manage their electronic prescriptions in collaboration with their local prescriber and pharmacist.”

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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.

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.