eRx https://www.erx.com.au Australia's #1 choice for ePrescriptions - ETP Thu, 25 Jul 2019 23:59:02 +1000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.3 Are you ready for the future of eHealth- ePrescriptions, RTPM, MyHR? https://www.erx.com.au/are-you-ehealth-ready/ Thu, 25 Jul 2019 23:59:02 +0000 http://www.erx.com.au/?p=4466 It’s a topic that has been on the radar for some time and the evolution of ePrescriptions is now upon us. It all started with the electronic transfer of prescriptions (ETP) and it is only a matter of time before the paper script becomes redundant… but there is a little while to go before that is a […]

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It’s a topic that has been on the radar for some time and the evolution of ePrescriptions is now upon us. It all started with the electronic transfer of prescriptions (ETP) and it is only a matter of time before the paper script becomes redundant… but there is a little while to go before that is a reality.   

The industry is embarking on significant digital advances with the introduction of real time prescription monitoring (RTPM) along with ePrescriptions. This will, if it hasn’t already via RTPM, impact the way your pharmacy operates in the dispensary.  

Whilst we wait for ePrescriptions to be rolled out, there are things that you can do now, in your pharmacy, to get ready for the new era in eHealth. We have identified 3 areas to help get you started: 

Technology 
Ensuring your pharmacy is equipped with a good internet connection, up to date computers & equipment and the right security for your data is essential.  
 

Connectivity 
Connection to a PES is the first step in the 
ePrescription process. Without connection to a PES, you are unable to access the information held within the script prescribed by the GP. Along with a PES connection, integration with MyHR and the ability to access your relevant state’s RTPM platform are as important as the PES.  

Team 
Getting your team up to speed on what
ePrescriptions will mean for the pharmacy means you will have an easier time when the transition eventually happens. A good way to start is to ensure your team are scanning every script, and if the barcodes on the scripts aren’t working, let’s get them working! 

How to get eHealth ready? 
Visit our 
eHealth page for a guide on how start preparing your pharmacy today. 

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Fred IT Group to lead national real time prescription monitoring project https://www.erx.com.au/fred-group-lead-national-real-time-prescription-monitoring-project-reduce-prescription-medicine-overdoses/ Sun, 28 Oct 2018 23:25:59 +0000 http://www.erx.com.au/?p=4339 Fred IT Group (owner of eRx Script Exchange) is pleased to announce that it has been appointed by the Department of Health to lead the new national system for real time prescription monitoring which is designed to reduce the devastating impact of prescription medicine overdoses. According to a report released by the Australian Institute of […]

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Fred IT Group (owner of eRx Script Exchange) is pleased to announce that it has been appointed by the Department of Health to lead the new national system for real time prescription monitoring which is designed to reduce the devastating impact of prescription medicine overdoses.

According to a report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, in 2016 there were 1,808 deaths in Australia as a result of prescription medicine overdoses. The introduction of a national approach to real-time prescription monitoring will play a significant role in preventing prescription medication misuse and saving lives.

Fred’s recent experience in the developing of the Victorian real-time prescription monitoring system, called SafeScript, will be invaluable in extending real-time prescription monitoring to health professionals in all states and territories.

According to Fred CEO and pharmacist Paul Naismith,

I have seen first-hand the anguish that accidental prescription drug overdose can cause to families who have lost loved ones, and am honoured that Fred can take part in developing eHealth systems to reduce the devastating impact of prescription overdose and misuse throughout the community. 

Fred is committed to making medication management safer and more effective for all Australians, and we applaud the Australian government for taking a national approach to this problem. 

Fred will design, build and deliver the software system for the National Data Exchange (NDE) component. This will include working closely with medical and pharmacy software vendors and jurisdictions to provide a consistent user experience for health professionals practicing in different environments and to reflect individual state and territory requirements in the national system.

Click here to view the Fred IT Group media release.

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Patient medication safety improvements to be examined by Fred IT Group https://www.erx.com.au/patient-medication-safety-fred-it-group/ Thu, 05 Jul 2018 00:52:16 +0000 http://www.erx.com.au/?p=4258 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 […]

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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

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Fred IT Group wins contract to deliver real-time prescription monitoring in Victoria https://www.erx.com.au/safescript/ Mon, 27 Nov 2017 04:07:46 +0000 http://www.erx.com.au/?p=4117 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 […]

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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)?


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eRx Script Exchange Media Release- The race that stops the nation’s medication https://www.erx.com.au/erx-script-exchange-melbourne-cup/ Thu, 03 Nov 2016 00:29:05 +0000 https://www.erx.com.au/?p=3851 eRx Script Exchange investigates, does the Melbourne Cup really stop the nation? eRx Script Exchange today released data on the number of scripts processed during the 2016 Melbourne Cup, showing more than a 50% drop in script traffic compared with a standard Tuesday afternoon. Between 3:00pm and 3.10, when the Cup ran, the total number […]

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eRx Script Exchange investigates, does the Melbourne Cup really stop the nation?

eRx Script Exchange today released data on the number of scripts processed during the 2016 Melbourne Cup, showing more than a 50% drop in script traffic compared with a standard Tuesday afternoon.
Between 3:00pm and 3.10, when the Cup ran, the total number of scripts prescribed and dispensed across the country dropped by 50%, from a peak of 4,569 per minute to a low of 2,584 per minute during the race.
Compared with the week prior to Cup Day, Cup Day saw a 44%-52% drop in total traffic sent to the exchange in the ten minutes from 3.00-3.10 pm.

With Pharmacy approaching its two busiest months of the year for prescriptions, the number of doctors and pharmacies using eRx continues to grow.

In preparation, eRx recently carried out network improvements to ensure that the speed of eRx remains fast. So when the horses aren’t running and the pace in your pharmacy quickens, eRx will continue to provide efficiencies for your dispensing.

eRx Script Exchange transfers prescription information between doctors and pharmacies. It is used by more than 20,000 doctors and 4,700 pharmacies every day and transfers more than 90% of the nation’s prescriptions.

Click here to view the full media release

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MedView Medicines Workspace – Bridging the gap between acute and community care https://www.erx.com.au/medview-medicines-workspace-2/ Tue, 05 Jul 2016 06:39:16 +0000 https://www.erx.com.au/?p=3816 One of the key problems facing Australian health care professionals continues to be the lack of consolidated medications information and an inability to easily share information between health professionals. When patients move between community care and hospital and aged care, the absence of good quality and up to date clinical data can contribute to these […]

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One of the key problems facing Australian health care professionals continues to be the lack of consolidated medications information and an inability to easily share information between health professionals. When patients move between community care and hospital and aged care, the absence of good quality and up to date clinical data can contribute to these interactions becoming high risk, resulting in medication misadventures and unnecessary hospital readmissions.

Medications reconciliation remains a largely manual process throughout Australia, providing a glaring reminder of the implications around the lack of shared clinical data on patient welfare. Thankfully, technology advances are making significant inroads into this problem, with the development of new applications such as the MedView Medicines Workspace.

MedView Medicines WorkspaceThe MedView Medicines Workspace is an update on the original MedView pilot which took place in the Barwon Region of Victoria. The pilot tackled the problem around the lack of visibility of clinical data between different sectors, drawing together medication information from healthcare professionals in community, hospital and aged care settings. As a result and in an Australian first, health professionals who took part in the trial were able to see a combined list of patients’ prescribed and dispensed medications from across all of these settings.

The pilot found that the sharing of clinical data, with patient consent, resulted in better medications management and safer outcomes for patients. MedView demonstrated the capacity of web applications to draw on data captured by existing systems, especially eRx Script Exchange, as a way of delivering extra value for health users and health professionals.

In community pharmacy and GP clinics, it is not uncommon to see patients who are confused about what medications they should be taking according to their discharge summary. The MedView Medicines Workspace will help alleviate this problem by allowing doctors, pharmacists, hospitals, aged care settings and patients to have shared access to critical medicines information and services.

With MedView Medicines Workspace, authorised health care providers will be able to view hospital data and pharmacy data at the same time, regardless of whether they are in My Health Record (MyHR) or MedView. They can then curate the data into a reconciled list, which can also be verified with additional input from the patient. Should the patient then present at a hospital or clinic, the clinician can view the reconciled list, complete with details on who curated the list and when, enabling a well-informed discussion with the patient about their medication.

The MedView pilot was focused solely on providing a consolidated list of all prescribed and dispensed medications of a patient for practitioners to see. This was a significant achievement in itself, however there was no capacity to interact directly with the data provided and improve the quality of the information held.

Four years on and taking it a step further, the new MedView Medicines Workspace will be a hub for authorised third parties to integrate with and deliver additional medications management services such as, medications reconciliation, medications monitoring and compliance monitoring – allowing clinicians to contribute data back to MyHR.

The original MedView provided a consolidated medications list of prescribe and dispense events. The new MedView will provide services on top which will help drive meaningful use of MyHR data.

With the launch of MedView Medications Workspace on the horizon, we will be in a stronger position to ensure that the right health care professionals are able to see the right information at the right time. Above and beyond this, doctors, pharmacists and other clinicians will also be able to contribute to shared records, both within the workspace and in MyHR. Not only can this help to ease the burden of misadventure and unnecessary hospital readmissions, but it also has real potential to drive the meaningful use of MyHR.

The key, as an industry, is to concentrate on bridging these information gaps to provide optimal care for patients. The ideal of one clear and perfect complete source of medications data is still a way off, however we must concentrate our efforts on how we can better work together as an industry to use data that is already being captured through systems such as electronic prescribing and dispensing. In this view, MedView Medicines Workspace and MyHR are not competing, but rather are complementary ways of building up clinical data at some of the high risk intersections between care settings.

It goes without saying that any such understanding needs to be based on the view that data is only shared with consent, and that it is dealt with sensitively and with a view to improving health outcomes rather than commercial outcomes.

The MedView Medicines Workspace is a prime example of how thinking creatively and applying innovation can deliver real life-saving potential and immediate practical value to the entire health sector.

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Fred IT to release first phase of MedView Medicines Workspace in MyHR trial https://www.erx.com.au/medview-medicines-workspace/ Mon, 04 Apr 2016 03:53:01 +0000 https://www.erx.com.au/?p=3774 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 […]

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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.

To read the full article please visit Pulse IT Magazine

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eRx launches 2015 Pharmacy Survey Report identifying business value of ETP https://www.erx.com.au/2015-pharmacy-survey/ Mon, 12 Oct 2015 14:00:49 +0000 https://www.erx.com.au/?p=3564 eRx Script Exchange today launched the results of its 2015 Pharmacy eHealth Survey identifying the business impact of ETP (electronic transfer of prescriptions) on community pharmacy since eRx’s launch in 2009. A total of 740 pharmacies, representing 14% of Australia’s community pharmacy sector, took part in the survey, which ran in the first half of […]

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eRx Script Exchange today launched the results of its 2015 Pharmacy eHealth Survey identifying the business impact of ETP (electronic transfer of prescriptions) on community pharmacy since eRx’s launch in 2009.

A total of 740 pharmacies, representing 14% of Australia’s community pharmacy sector, took part in the survey, which ran in the first half of this year. The survey honed in on four key areas of dispensing and workflow, patient outcomes, challenges and priorities, and innovations for the future.

Click here to view pdf media release

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eRx at HIC2015 https://www.erx.com.au/erx-at-hic2015/ Mon, 03 Aug 2015 05:11:48 +0000 https://www.erx.com.au/?p=3515 We will be exhibiting at the HIC 2015 Conference in conjunction with Telstra Health This year it’s at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 3rd August to 5th August. Come and chat with us about our eRx Express and our new Paperless Claiming feature! Hope to see you at stand – 31

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We will be exhibiting at the HIC 2015 Conference in conjunction with Telstra Health

This year it’s at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 3rd August to 5th August. Come and chat with us about our eRx Express and our new Paperless Claiming feature!

Hope to see you at stand – 31

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We will be at the PSA Conference! https://www.erx.com.au/we-will-be-at-the-psa-conference/ Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:48:35 +0000 https://www.erx.com.au/?p=3511 We will be exhibiting at the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Conference. This year it’s at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth from 21st July to 2nd August. Come and chat with us about our eRx Express and our new Paperless Claiming feature! Hope to see you at stand – 30

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We will be exhibiting at the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Conference.

This year it’s at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth from 21st July to 2nd August. Come and chat with us about our eRx Express and our new Paperless Claiming feature!

Hope to see you at stand – 30

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