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Electronic Transfer of Prescription (ETP) involves the creation of an electronic message (alongside a legal paper prescription) which is transmitted to a prescription exchange service (PES). A pharmacy can then dispense the medications from the paper prescription, but supported by electronically retrieving the prescription details from the PES to improve efficiency and reduce the opportunity for errors transcribing prescription information from paper.

In Australia, vendors can use specifications for ETP Level 1 from ATS4888.2-2013, which allows transfer of electronic prescriptions (from paper prescriptions) in a nationally consistent manner.  

Prescribing Flow Diagram

Electronic Transfer of Prescription flow

  1. The prescribing clinician, after consultation with the patient, prescribes the patient their medication. This information is captured in the clinician’s local system and a paper prescription is handed to the patient.
  2. The prescribing system uploads the prescription to a prescription exchange service (PES).
  3. The dispensing pharmacist receives the paper prescription from the patient and, retrieves the prescription from the PES.
  4. The pharmacist, after validating and dispensing the medication to the patient, records the information in the dispensing system, which uploads that information to the PES.

 

Feature specifications

The Australian Digital Health Agency has provided the following specifications that apply to electronic prescribing described above:

Electronic Prescribing v2.2

EP-3175:2020

Electronic Prescribing - Technical Framework documents

These technical framework documents are provided to software vendors and demonstrate what will be required to enable electronic prescribing. These technical documents are:

Friday, 05 Jun 2020

Supporting specifications

National Authentication Service for Health v1.0

EP-1011:2012

The National Authentication Service for Health (NASH) makes it possible for healthcare providers and supporting organisations to securely access and exchange health information.

NASH provides Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Certificates that help you or your organisation to:

Friday, 30 Mar 2012

Secure Messaging Integration Toolkit v1.2.5

EP-2730:2018

The Secure Messaging Integration Toolkit contains libraries for B2B connectivity to Secure Message Delivery (SMD) and Endpoint Location Services (ELS), providing sample code for all operations, as well as a Medical Document Management (MDM) library to create the payload for SMD.

Friday, 01 Jun 2018

Roadmap

Roadmap: 
November, 2017
Completed
This initial release of the end product introduces the national requirements for electronic prescriptions that guide software systems implementing electronic prescriptions. The electronic prescribing end product provides specification and guidance documents for software systems creating and processing prescriptions in electronic form.
September, 2017
Completed
The national requirements for electronic prescriptions provide a set of key principles for a safe system to support prescribing and dispensing of prescriptions in the electronic environment within the relevant legislative framework. The objectives of the national requirements for electronic prescriptions are security and integrity, availability and assurance.