New system could change how GPs manage prescriptions
5 October 2015 | 0
A prescription e-notification service could change the way prescriptions are filled.
EScript is a notification service that safely sends a secure notification of prescription details from a GP’s computer to the patient’s chosen pharmacy.
While it does not replace the traditional paper prescription, it means that the pharmacy can start preparing the prescription before the patient gets arrives. For patients that means less waiting time, while pharmacists are able to enjoy a quicker dispensing process. Meanwhile, automatic electronic storing of prescriptions will help pharmacists track their patients over time.
Richard Corbridge, CIO at the HSE and CEO of eHealth Ireland, said: “eScript will facilitate a change in the relationship between the GP, the patient and the pharmacist. The increased level of efficiency and the improved level of control delivers improved safety and empowerment for patients, GPs and pharmacists. The innovative use of technology for a delivery of this kind supports the vision that eHealth Ireland have set out in the Knowledge and Information plan.”
Pharmacies are being invited to register for the service at www.escript.ie with a public launch expected for January 2016.