On Monday, Scotland health officials announced that the country is the first in the United Kingdom to go live with a national electronic prescription service, E-Health Insider reports.
Scottish Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said that 99% of physician practices and pharmacies in the country are connected to the electronic Acute Medication Service. Officials added that more than 90% of prescriptions now are submitted electronically (Barr, E-Health Insider, 7/14).
How It Works
Under the e-prescribing program, physicians submit patients' prescriptions electronically to an online system that can be accessed by pharmacists.
In addition, patients are given a paper prescription with a bar code. The patient then takes the prescription to the pharmacy where it is scanned to pull up additional prescription details from a central database.
eAMS aims to reduce the risk of prescription error and increase efficiency by using universal codes for medications.
Martin Green, chair of Community Pharmacy Scotland, said, "The introduction of eAMS further contributes to safe systems of work by improving the communication of information between GP practices and community pharmacies" (Moss, Scotsman, 7/14).