The following Electronic Prescribing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are categorised into the following topics: General, Dispensing and Technical Questions along with a Glossary and links to more information. 

Identifier: 
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:

Monday, 20 April 2020

The Agency has published the specifications for the new Pharmacist Shared Medicines (PSML) document type. This is the first public release of the PSML specification. Previous releases were made available on a trial basis to limited audiences.

This process is an overview of the steps required by software developers to declare electronic prescribing software conformant with the Agency’s technical framework.  

The Australian Digital Health Agency is offering two webinars on the topic of Electronic Prescribing.

Friday, 1 November 2019

The Australian Digital Health Agency has released the technical framework to support the implementation of electronic prescribing. This updates the preliminary technical framework documentation first distributed on 24 September 2019 (provided as drafts to software providers to give initial early access to the technical framework). Changes to Commonwealth legislation from 31 October 2019 now recognise an electronic prescription as a legal form authorising medicines supply.

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.

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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