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Friday, September 07, 2018
It Looks As Though The Victorian Government Is Giving The Bird To myHR! And So It Should.
This appeared earlier in the week.
Vic to track high-risk drug prescriptions
By Georgie Moore
Australian Associated Press
Victoria will begin tracking opioid and benzodiazepine prescriptions in real time to help combat doctor-shopping, addiction and overdoses.
Health Minister Jill Hennessy says the monitoring system, to be used by prescribing doctors and pharmacists, will be rolled out across the western Victorian primary health network on Monday before extending to the rest of the state from early next year.
The scheme will only monitor medications carrying a high risk of dependency, such as opioids and benzodiazepines.
"It helps us ensure that we're not having those very, very dangerous cocktails of prescription medicines being given out to patients," Ms Hennessy told reporters on Saturday.
"It also helps out pharmacists and doctors potentially intervene at an earlier stage if someone's developing an addiction to prescription medicines."
In 2017, 417 Victorian deaths were associated with prescription drugs.
Melbourne couple Jill and Roger Cheal lost their 31-year-old daughter, Georgia, to pain medication misuse in 2006 and believe prescription monitoring may have saved her life.
Georgia was injured in a car accident a decade earlier and became addicted to medication used to manage ongoing pain.
"When she died, she died with a toxic mix of medication," Jill Cheal said.
"It shouldn't have been prescribed, but part of the problem was there was a lack communication between the treating doctors.
"So if this prescription monitoring system had been in place, that mightn't have happened."
Only prescribing doctors and pharmacists will be able to access a patient's scripts for high-risk medications and the system will not be linked to the federal government's controversial My Health Record scheme, which is plagued by data privacy concerns.
This is more than reasonable as the Real Time Monitoring System has to be real time and if there is something the secondary myHR is not it is NOT real-time. Never was and never will be!
I wonder how prescribers and pharmacists are going to manage the screen space and log-ons with these multiple systems. Seems to me there are some security risks and overlaps that may need to be thought through.