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man receiving prescription from PharmacistFlexiscript (http://www.flexiscript.co.uk/) is one of three consortia selected by the Department of Health to pilot the implementation of Electronic Transfer of Prescriptions (ETP). The consortium comprises:

  • SchlumbergerSema
  • Boots The Chemists
  • National Co-operative Chemists
  • Cable & Wireless
  • Microsoft
  • UniChem

All three ETP pilots will share a number of common benefits - for patients, the primary healthcare team and the Prescription Pricing Authority (PPA). Among those benefits are opportunities to:

  • Help Government cut administrative costs and minimise prescription fraud
  • Enable pharmacists' to manage their workload more efficiently
  • Reduce dispensing errors by eliminating re-keying of prescriptions
  • Reduce queries to GPs as a result of illegibility or missing information from prescriptions

 

man talking to GPHowever, Flexiscript's 'relay' approach is unique among the pilots. Unlike others which seek to 'push' prescription information from the GP surgery directly to a pre-determined pharmacy via email, the Flexiscript pilot will instead send information to a secure exchange, from which any participating pharmacist may call up the relevant details, at the patient's request.

This brings with it significant advantages in terms of flexibility, convenience and freedom of choice for patients. It also provides the infrastructure for many future clinical developments - for example, repeat prescriptions and electronic health records.

 

ETP diagram

 

This pilot will involve GPs and pharmacies in the Peterborough area. The consortium is working in partnership with North Peterborough and South Peterborough Primary Care Trusts.

For further information, please contact flexiscript@slb.com

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