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NHS Connecting for Health has got underway with its plan to put electronic prescription machines in surgeries and pharmacies all over the UK. The Computer Business Review online reported the story today, noting that currently, 24 per cent of GP surgeries and 36 per cent of community pharmacies have the new devices.

Patients take a paper prescription from the surgery as a form of receipt and an electronic form of the prescription is scanned into the electronic prescription service (EPS).

Given the notoriety of doctors' handwriting, all prescriptions will have a barcode, which will be scanned by pharmacists, instead of being read for medication type and quantity!

Boots Pharmacy began testing this system last summer to try to limit data entry error in pharmacies.

Tim Donohoe, EPS program director for NHS Connecting for Health, told the Computer Business Review: "It is encouraging to see that uptake of the service continues to increase on a weekly basis."

When the second phase of the plan begins, later this year, healthcare professionals will be able to sign prescriptions electronically and patients will be able to specify the place they would like to collect their medication from.
Last Updated ( Saturday, 03 March 2007 02:34 )  

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