Digital health is the transfer of health resources and health care by electronically connecting up the points of care so that health information can be shared securely.
Community pharmacy in Australia leads the way in terms of its willingness to embrace Digital health and adopt innovative technologies and strategies in its mission to offer the highest standard of pharmacy and health care services.
Whether those innovations are technological, systematic or strategic in nature, the Guild has developed the necessary infrastructure and culture to implement innovation efficiently across the community pharmacy network and in such a way as to deliver significant benefits to the public.
In the area of digital health, no other profession has done more than community pharmacy in terms of investing resources to support moves to the digital health model. Key examples are:
The National Prescription and Dispense Repository (NPDR) is a medicines repository that has been developed by Fred IT Group on behalf of the Australian Government. The NPDR stores prescription and dispensed medications from different doctors, pharmacies and hospitals, that is indexed into an individual’s My Health Record. When a provider accesses a patient’s My Health Record, this information is retrieved from the NPDR and displayed to the provider in the patient’s My Health Record.
The Electronic Transfer of Prescriptions (ETP) is an important foundation stone in community pharmacy’s role in digital health. ETP is the safe and secure transfer of prescription information between a prescriber (doctor, specialist, dentist, optometrist, nurse practitioner etc.) and a Community Pharmacy using an electronic system known as a Prescription Exchange Service (PES).
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