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 is an option for patients who may also elect to receive a paper prescription if they wish.
The electronic prescription is transmitted from the practitioner’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 ePrescription and the second option is for the patient to register for MySL
, an Active Script List.