Electronic Prescription

ISRU were involved in a 3-year project, commissioned by the Department of Health, to evaluate a pilot study of the Electronic Transmission of Prescriptions (ETP). ETP affects the whole of the UK’s population and is an important part of the UK Government’s plans for modernising the prescription service in the National Health Service. The Sowerby Centre for Health Informatics at Newcastle (SCHIN) and eHealth Horizons Ltd led the evaluation and project team and ISRU acted as sole statisticians to evaluate ETP pilot studies. Attitudes of key stakeholders (e.g. patients, pharmacists and General Practitioners) were assessed using a suite of multivariate statistical procedures. Other collaborators on the pilot evaluation included the University of Manchester School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (MSPPS) and QinetiQ.

All three pilots have now ended. During the period of the pilots, over 100,000 prescribing and dispensing messages were transmitted between GPs, community pharmacies and the PPA. One of the key findings was that it is technically viable to electronically send and receive secure prescribing and dispensing data. The National Programme for Information Technology (NPfIT) became responsible for the implementation of a national service for ETP.


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