The NZ ePrescription Service (NZePS) is a secure channel to prescribe and dispense prescriptions electronically.
A GP can generate an electronic prescription, which is then transmitted to the NZePS health information exchange broker, and a patient can then download the prescription at the pharmacy of their choice. The GP can make notes on the prescription, such as the reason for prescribing, which will be shared with the pharmacy. If the medication hasn’t been dispensed, a GP can request a notification and the pharmacy can send comments back to the GP.
Over the past few years, progress has focused on developing the standards necessary to enable the smooth transfer of medicines information between GP and pharmacy systems.
Patients First provides architecture and technical advice to this Service and the Medication Management Digital Services Programme in general – including specialist domain expertise independent of the participating vendor systems. This includes producing architectural artefacts; reviewing the quality of e-prescribing data regarding the published specifications and guidelines; and trouble-shooting integration issues between different components of the Service.
More information about NZePS is available on the Ministry of Health website.