HEALTH

Community pharmacists welcome improvements to prescribers' software

Tuesday 30 August 2011, 1:49PM
By Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand
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Changes made by Medtech Global to its prescribing software will help reduce prescription errors and enhance patient safety, says the Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand.

Guild Chief Executive, Annabel Young, says the improvements will be evident in the new Release 20 software that Medtech is planning on making available from October this year.

Ms Young says the changes have come out of a lengthy consultation between Medtech and pharmacists and she especially wanted to thank Board member, Graeme Blanchard, for his work on this project.

She says the changes signalled by Medtech are the result of the company’s willingness to engage with the community pharmacy sector to improve prescribing safety.

“They include some failsafe measures that prevent prescriptions being printed or delivered if they have not been completed accurately. This will save both doctors and pharmacists time and ensure errors are reduced.”

Medtech is the largest provider of Practice Management System technology in New Zealand primary healthcare. Its services include prescribing software used by GPs, specialists, dentists and midwives.

Some of the changes made include:

• when a new prescription with a zero quantity or an empty dosage is saved, a pop-up screen will be displayed asking the user if they wish to continue

• when a user attempts to print a prescription for a controlled drug, a pop-up screen will be displayed informing the user that controlled drug prescriptions cannot be computer generated

• when a prescription with no instructions is saved, a pop-up screen will be displayed, informing the user that no instructions have been issued for this prescription.

“The Guild acknowledges that there is more work to be done but sees the changes as a welcome start,” said Ms Young.

ENDS

Media Contact:

Annabel Young - 027 440 9160 or 04 802 8201
Karen Crisp - 027 434 2301

Notes:

• The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand (Inc) is a national membership organisation representing community pharmacy owners. We provide leadership on all issues affecting the sector and we advocate for the business interests of community pharmacy.

• For additional information on the Guild and community pharmacy, please go to www.pgnz.org.nz.