Tuesday, June 26, 2018
I Guess This Means The Federal Government Is Moving Forward With RTPM.
This popped up last week:
By Justin Hendry on Jun 21, 2018 6:54AM
The Department of Health will establish a national data exchange for transferring prescription information between states and territories in real-time.
The exchange is the first piece of work for the national prescription monitoring system, which was funded with $16.4 million last year to target the misuse of certain prescription drugs.
The system will be used to instantly alert pharmacists and doctors if a patient has previously been supplied with prescription-only medicines that contain morphine, oxycodone, dexamphetamine and alprazolam.
Patient history information will be pulled from both “prescribing and dispensing systems” and “jurisdictional regulatory systems” to inform decision making.
“Key information such as patient history will indicate whether patients have received permission from the regulator to access target drugs, and whether any of these drugs have recently been dispensed to patients,” tender documents state.
“This will be provided in real time to the clinician making the decision to prescribe or dispense these medicines.”
But to do this a national data exchange (NDE) is required to enable integration with existing systems and allow users to interface with the real time prescription monitoring (RTPM) system.
“The NDE component uses the prescription dispensing events from all states and territories to prevent cross-border drug shopping abuses.”
“The NDE component will allow regulators, doctors and pharmacists, as well as other system users to interface directly with the national RTPM system from their existing clinician software.”
More here, including that the project is to be done by July 2019.
With the tender out we can only sit back and wait and see how it plays out.
Posted by Dr David G More MB PhD at Tuesday, June 26, 2018