Solution to medical prescribers:
Physicians and other prescribing healthcare professionals around the globe are increasingly utilising software applications to replace written orders or prescriptions with electronic prescriptions. These are either handed to the patient directly, or sent to pharmacies via computer networks or faxes.
The demand for efficiency and increased patient safety is driving these healthcare decision-makers to look with greater interest at electronic prescribing options. The demand for electronic record keeping and collation of prescribing data necessitates a program which understands the needs of the market.
Through improved legibility of prescriptions, e-Prescribing helps to prevent serious medication errors, also known as Adverse Drug Events (ADE’s) that would have otherwise sickened, hospitalised or killed patients. It further reduces the chance of alterations to the prescription by drug seekers and the prescription is less likely to get lost.
HealthSoft has joined forces with medical practitioners and software providers to make life easier for the prescriber by offering the best e-scripting application available in the South-African market. e-Scripting has been developed over the past five years into a functional, robust and user-friendly system that has been tried, tested and refined in hospital casualties and doctors' consulting rooms.
With a host of features, including complete ICD-10 functionality and drug data solutions, e-Scripting makes generating scripts quicker, easier and more efficient; and because it's more accurate, it reduces adverse drug events, increases safety and cuts costs. e-Scripting improves adherence with medical aid formularies and it lowers pharmacy costs by decreasing time spent on capturing prescriptions and reduces telephone call-backs to prescriber’s offices.
e-Scripting enhances the clinical interaction between doctor and patient at the point of care and can be used independently or via an interface with existing Practice Management Applications (PMA). It provides access to an array of additional functionality and clinical information that benefits both doctor and patient.
The following PMA’s are currently integrated with e-scripting:
Advantages to the pharmacist:
The benefits in using e-Scripting do not stop in the consulting room:
- E-prescribing makes sure that the prescriber is providing enough specific and required information for the pharmacist to fill the prescription, including the name of the drug, ICD10 code, the dosage, its physical form, the physician’s instructions and the required details of the patient as well as prescriber.
- Electronic prescribing software eliminates the time and effort of trying to understand the prescriber’s handwriting, as well as the chance of an error in translation.
- E-prescribing significantly reduces the chance that the prescriber’s intentions are misinterpreted.
- Soon electronic scripts will be available for download by pharmacies into their systems. An average pharmacist can dispense approximately 100 scripts per day using manual entry. Downloading scripts electronically, will not only eliminate script interpretation errors and reduce the patients' waiting time, but should allow pharmacists to dispense in excess of 180 scripts per day. This extra time will allow pharmacists to provide a more professional service and counsel patients on drug usage when necessary.