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E-prescribing info to be shared

21st November 2012

Health care organisations in the south west of England are looking at an e-prescribing system and integration service which will allow them to more effectively share information.


The system will cover providers of acute, community, primary, social and end-of life care as well as the region’s ambulance trust.

The South Devon partnership is one of six collaborations, involving 21 Southern acute trusts, formed to invest in a variety of new IT systems after receiving no funding from the National Programme for IT in the NHS.

Consisting of one acute provider - South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust - other members are combined community and social care provider (Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust), the South West Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Rowcroft Hospice and Southern Devon GP practices.

The partnership wants to procure an e-prescribing system for use at the acute trust, along with an integration service to enable prescribing information to be accessed by staff working in other organisations.

The area already has a history of strong integrated working, but is now looking to take that onto a new level.

Joint senior responsible officer Dr Jo Roberts said: “We have recognised for a long time that we would like e-prescribing within the secondary care sector for all the usual reasons - safety, auditability.

“However, we felt that if we could provide information between each of the stakeholders that would improve the interface of e-prescribing and greatly improve patient safety.”

Future developments could see the system extended to care homes, community hospitals, out-of-hours providers and community pharmacies.


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