Electronic Prescriptions in Australia.


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What is an electronic prescription?

An electronic prescription, or ePrescription, is a digital version of a paper prescription. During your consultation, your healthcare provider can send your electronic prescription to you as an SMS or email.

What are the benefits?

All medicines can be prescribed using an electronic prescription. The message with a link to your electronic prescription is stored on your digital device, so you can access it whenever you’re ready – saving you time, streamlining the process and improving medicine safety.

How to get an Eprescription?

During your consultation your doctor, if they are set up for ePrescriptions, will send your electronic prescription to you as an SMS or an email.

You will then take it to your pharmacy or send it to them.

If you have repeats, a new SMS or email will be sent to you when you get your medicine from the pharmacy.

How to get your medicines.

After your consultation and once you have received your electronic prescription, you will have two options to get your medicines.


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Collecting your medicine in person.

Take your electronic prescription to a pharmacy so it can be scanned.

Getting your medicine delivered.

For home delivery, forward the SMS or email to a pharmacy so they can scan it.

Quick tips.

When you contact your doctor and pharmacy next, check that they are ready for electronic prescriptions and that your contact details are up to date.

If your pharmacy already has an app, check that you can use it for electronic prescriptions. That way you don’t need to keep track of the SMS or emails.

Remember to name the contact details from the doctor or pharmacy as something easy to remember, so you can find the message easily when you need the medicine dispensed.

Active Script List (ASL).

A token management solution for all your electronic prescriptions and repeats.

If you have repeats on your prescription, your pharmacy will send you a new token for your next repeat which you will need to give to the pharmacist when it is time to get your medicine.

Source: www.digitalhealth.gov.au

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