The Victoria and Federal Governments have put in place new measures and rules to facilitate e-prescribing.
The Federal Government is fast-tracking electronic prescribing. Work to upgrade healthcare providers’ clinical software is under way and is expected to be ready by May 2020. More information
The Federal Government has enacted the following arrangements in the lead up to the introduction of electronic prescribing:
- A digital image (such a photo, scan or pdf) of a prescription can be sent electronically by the prescriber to the patient’s pharmacy of choice. This electronic copy can be used by the pharmacy to supply the medicine and claim from the PBS in the same way as a paper prescription. The pharmacy may communicate directly with the patient to arrange payment and to organise collection or home delivery of the medicines.
- Alternatively, the paper prescription can be sent by post to the patient. The prescription can then be taken to a pharmacy by a family member or friend. As part of the National Health Plan, electronic prescribing is being fast-tracked. Work to upgrade healthcare providers’ clinical software is well underway and is expected to be ready by May 2020. The Australian Government has announced the interim arrangements for prescribing will remain in place until 30 September 2020, or until full electronic prescribing rollout is implemented.
For more information, see the Australian Government Department of Health website.
In addition, the Victoria Government has enacted a new emergency order so pharmacists can receive digital images of Schedule 4 prescriptions from a prescriber without the need for the original or faxed copy. Read the Public Health Emergency Order