Dispense Records



Dispense Records are used to transfer details of a dispense record, in a format suitable for sharing within My Health Record.

Dispense Records in the Australian context

Dispense Records are an electronic record of dispensed medications transferred to a Prescription Exchange Service (PES) that can also be uploaded to the individual’s My Health Record.

Context in digital health

The purpose of the eHealth Dispense Record is to define the clinical content for a nationally-agreed record containing medication information that has been dispensed by pharmacies to ensure there is an accurate record of medications dispensed to the patient. The eHealth dispense record is a point-to-point communication that is transmitted to a PES and then to My Health Record.

eHealth Dispense Diagram

Figure 1: eHealth dispense record document delivery

These flows are described below:

  1. The pharmacist dispenses the medications in a prescription and creates a dispense record in their local system.
  2. The authoring system converts the clinical information into a structured electronic document and uploads it to a PES.
  3. The PES uploads the eHealth dispense record to the individual’s My Health Record.



The Australian Digital Health Agency has provided the following specifications that apply to the eHealth dispense record described above:

Current Specifications: 

eHealth Dispense Record documents can be used to share information about medication dispensations via the individual’s digital health record.

By operation of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability (Establishing the Australian Digital Health Agency) Rule 2016, on 1 July 2016, all the assets and liabilities of NEHTA will vest in the Australian Digital Health Agency. In this website, on and from 1 July 2016, all references to "National E-Health Transition Authority" or "NEHTA" will be deemed to be references to the Australian Digital Health Agency. PCEHR means the My Health Record, formerly the "Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record", within the meaning of the My Health Records Act 2012 (Cth), formerly called the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records Act 2012 (Cth).

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