18 October, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way businesses and healthcare operate. It has forced rapid change, particularly in relation to technology.
This can especially be seen in the area of digital health with telehealth appointments, electronic prescriptions and contactless delivery evolving quickly, especially as a result of COVID-19.
Electronic prescriptions have been around since May 2020 and are here to stay. In essence, electronic prescriptions or “e-scripts” are a digital prescription in the form of a QR code token that a prescriber can be sent to your phone or email.
This token can be presented to your pharmacy who can scan the token and supply the medication directly from the doctor’s orders.
Repeats are then transmitted directly back to your phone or email.
Electronic prescriptions offer the benefits of patient convenience, a streamlined the dispensing process and also enhances safety, as loading the prescription data from an e-script reduces the chance of error.
The options around e-prescriptions have recently expanded with the advent of Active Scripts List (ASL). A pharmacy can register a patient for Active Scripts List in a few simple steps.
This allows the pharmacy to dispense any active electronic prescriptions without scanning each token. Consumers can register with multiple pharmacies.
This is a huge step forward which will simplify medication management for many.
Emma Robinson, owner of Gilgandra Pharmacy