In 2020 eRx Script Exchange will be transmitting ePrescriptions…
What is an ePrescription?
Whilst prescription information has been transmitted electronically via eRx for over a decade, the legal document has remained the signed piece of paper. An ePrescription changes this so that the legal document becomes the prescription data which resides in eRx Script Exchange (or MediSecure). Whilst the patient remains in control of who can access their prescription, the signed piece of paper is no longer required. It’s important to remember that this new type of prescription will be an option for patients who may also elect to receive a paper prescription if they wish.
How will an ePrescription be transmitted?
The electronic prescription is transmitted from the doctor’s prescribing system to the prescription exchange (eRx or MediSecure) in an encrypted format. Once the legal prescription is in the exchange the patient controls which pharmacy can access it in one of two ways. The first option is for the patient to receive a “token” for their prescription and the second option is for the patient to consent to an Active Script List.
If the patient elects to have an electronic prescription they will receive a token via SMS, email or paper printout for each item prescribed. Once in possession of their token(s), the patient can then either provide this directly to a pharmacy of their choice or use a medication management app for this purpose. The token provides a link to a unique code used by the dispensing pharmacy to access the legal document for dispensing. In a similar way to the prescribing of an original ePrescription, following the dispensing at a pharmacy a new token will be issued for any repeats.
The Active Script List (MySL)
MySL enables patients to authorise pharmacies, doctors and third-party intermediaries of their choice access to their personal list of active scripts ready for dispensing. This patient-controlled access can be ongoing or for a short period of time. Once granted access to this list, a pharmacy may dispense the items requested by the patient. Similarly, doctors and third-party intermediaries, with patient consent, can view the active list of scripts.
How do I prepare for ePrescribing and ePrescriptions?
Doctors, practice managers and pharmacies should ensure they are registered and have eRx activated in their existing clinical software.
ePrescription ready with MedView Flow
Pharmacies can seamlessly manage electronic prescriptions and paper prescriptions in one electronic workflow with MedView Flow. Visit www.medview.com.au/flow to find out more.
- Electronic Prescribing, Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)