There are two Prescription Exchange Services (PES) operating in Australia – eRx Script Exchange and MediSecure.
A Prescription Exchange Service (PES) provides a secure and safe electronic transfer of prescription (ETP) information, between doctors and pharmacists. It is a key enabler of delivering medications information instantly to eHealth systems such as My Health Record (MyHR) and real time prescription monitoring (RTPM).
The two exchanges are inter-operable, meaning electronic prescriptions sent to one exchange can be downloaded by a pharmacy connected to the other exchange.
Exchange level interoperability was achieved in December 2012 and was done without any disruption or change being required from doctors and their software vendors. There is however additional work for the dispensing software vendors to do before we can say we have full interoperability in Australia.