Friday, November 02, 2018
It Looks Like A National Real-Time Prescription Monitoring System Is Actually Coming.
This appeared last week:
Fred IT will lead the new national system for real-time prescription monitoring.
The Department of Health has this week announced the signing of pharmaceutical-focused IT services firm Fred IT to stand up an Australia-wide data exchange system for real time prescription monitoring (RTPM).
The AU$23 million contract, valid until September 2021, will see Fred IT design, build, and deliver the software system for the National Data Exchange component of the national RTPM system, tying together Australian state and territory prescription monitoring systems.
"The national RTPM system will provide an instant alert to doctors and pharmacists, through their clinician software, if patients have previously been supplied with target drugs," the tender documentation detailed in June. "This information will assist in clinical decision-making."
Fred IT will be charged with delivering the capability to monitor the prescription dispensing events from all states and territories, with the aim to prevent cross-border "drug shopping" abuses.
The National Data Exchange 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.
According to Fred IT, the new national system for real-time prescription monitoring is designed to reduce the impact of prescription medicine overdoses.
"The introduction of a national approach to real-time prescription monitoring will play a significant role in preventing prescription medication misuse and saving lives," the company wrote.
Fred IT developed Victoria's real-time prescription monitoring system, SafeScript.
There is also coverage here:
Hafizah Osman | 24 Oct 2018
The push for a national real-time prescription monitoring system has gained momentum, with an Australian firm appointed to develop it.
The Department of Health has selected pharmacy IT solutions provider, Fred IT Group, to lead the new national system, which aims to reduce the impact of prescription medicine overdoses.
As part of the agreement, Fred IT is expected to design, build and deliver the software system for the National Data Exchange (NDE) component.
This includes collaborating with medical and pharmacy software vendors and jurisdictions in the delivery of a consistent user experience for health professionals practicing in different environments and to reflect individual state and territory requirements in the national system.
The move follows Fred IT’s development of SafeScript, a Victorian real-time prescription monitoring system, as part of a $29.5 million State Government investment. That system began its roll-out earlier this month.
Safescript uses each pharmacy’s Prescription Exchange Service (PES) to automatically transmits prescription records for high-risk medicines to a centralised database in real-time. Prescribers and pharmacists are then able to receive pop-up notifications to review a patient’s history in SafeScript.
The SafeScript roll-out was started in the Western Victoria Primary Health Network catchment area, and is expected to extend across the state in early 2019.
According to Fred IT, its experience with SafeScript is crucial in its extension of real-time prescription monitoring to health professionals in all states and territories.
Fred IT CEO and pharmacist Paul Naismith said a national system would make medication management safer and more effective for all Australians.
This is all good except for two small details.
1. Fred IT is one half owned by Telstra Health.
2. The ADHA is meant to be steering the delivery.
It will be a triumph of hope over experience if this all goes smoothly as I really hope it will.
Posted by Dr David G More MB PhD at Friday, November 02, 2018