Electronic prescribing is an option for prescribers and their patients to use an electronic prescription as an alternative to a paper prescription. Changes to Commonwealth legislation commenced on 31 October 2019 recognising an electronic prescription as an alternative legal form by which medicines can be supplied under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). In conjunction with the legislative changes, a new technical framework to support electronic prescribing has been developed by the Australian Digital Health Agency (the Agency). The technical framework details the requirements for developers of clinical software to make changes to their software products to accommodate electronic prescribing.
The Agency will be providing assistance in the form of an industry offer to developers of prescribing and dispensing software that currently support electronic transfer of prescriptions (ETP). The offer supports undertaking electronic prescribing technical conformance testing and declaration of conformance to enable participation in Electronic Prescribing in an agreed timeframe.
The Agency will oversee conformance testing against the published electronic prescribing conformance profile and engage with prospective conformant open Prescription Delivery Services as the test environment under a commercial agreement.
Eligible software developers will be contacted directly by the Agency to participate in the industry offer.
Software developers can download the technical framework documents and access technical support for electronic prescribing via the Agency’s Developer Centre Website: https://developer.digitalhealth.gov.au/
Background information about electronic prescribing is available here: www.pbs.gov.au/info/news/2019/09/electronic-prescribing
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