eHealth Prescription Records



eHealth prescription records are used to transfer details of a prescription line item (single medication) in a format suitable for sharing within the My Health Record system.

eHealth prescription records in the Australian context

eHealth prescription records are electronic records of a legal prescription and are used to transfer medication details to a Prescription Exchange Service (PES) that can then be retrieved by pharmacists.

Context in digital health

The purpose of the eHealth prescription records are to define the clinical content for a nationally-agreed prescription containing medication information to be shared with pharmacies, to enable the accurate dispensing of medications.

Prescribing Flow Diagram

Figure 1: eHealth prescription records document delivery

The eHealth prescription records document delivery flows are described below:

  1. The clinician consults with a patient and writes a prescription in their local system.
  2. The authoring system converts the clinical information into a structured electronic document and uploads it to a Prescription Exchange Service.
  3. Upon presentation of the legal prescription, pharmacies can retrieve the eHealth Prescription Record from the Prescription Exchange Service.

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

Current Specifications: 

eHealth prescription record documents can be used to share information about prescribed medications 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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