electronic prescribing

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electronic prescribing

The electronic transmission of drug prescriptions from the doctor’s (or other prescriber’s) computer or smart device to a high-street pharmacy’s computer.

Pros
Replaces paper prescriptions, which can be lost or tampered with, and significantly reduces the errors related to poor handwriting or ambiguous nomenclature. E-prescribing has incorporated intelligent systems which query patient allergies and prior medicines, and flag adverse reactions known to occur with a particular agent and potential drug-drug and drug-disease interactions. E-prescribing reduces serious drug errors by up to 86% and shortens hospital stays.
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Under the e-record scheme, every patient was to get an electronic file that could be used when they are treated within the NHS, including digital X-ray images and electronic transfer of prescriptions.
The Electronic Transfer of Prescriptions (ETP) Programme is expected to reduce the need for patients to visit their GP surgery to collect a prescription.
Thompson notes that Eckerd could put technology to even greater use if more state boards of pharmacy would relax their restrictions, particularly as they apply to the electronic transfer of prescriptions on both an intrastate and interstate basis.
This will enable the electronic transfer of prescriptions and the introduction of computerised appointment booking, according to the company.
Technology has been harnessed to link pharmacies and physicians for the electronic transfer of prescriptions, to fill first-time scripts and to dispense refills in less time than pharmacists dared dream of even a decade ago.

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