Electronic Prescription has taken significant steps in its extension, not only at geographical level, but also in the acceptance of the health care community and the degree of integration of patient medication, keeping users with a very high level of satisfaction.
Since 2005, our Firm has been helping in the Implementation and Development of Electronic Prescription in Catalonia. Our company has been in-charge of critical responsibilities in this project, among them:
- Definition of the Model,
- Project Management Office,
- Support for Implementation in GP centers
- Support in Medical Specialization centers
- Training Support
- System Evaluation
Millions of dispensed prescriptions
Millions of patients dispensed monthly
The deployment of electronic prescriptions has been fully completed in General Practitioner centers (over 30 different institutions) and most of Medical Specialization care centers. Today the medication can be dispensed electronically in any of the more than 3100 pharmacies in Catalonia.
The number of 1000 million dispensations has been surpassed. Today over 97% of the prescriptions are electronic, and only very few prescription are paper-based.
The Electronic Prescription model is a key tool to improve rational drug use and ensure the sustainability of the system.
The knowledge base provided by this new model, where health professionals have an end-to-end vision of the patient’s medication, is a key support to ensure effective, safe and cost-competitive health care service.
In addition to GP prescription, after the completion of a pilot project several experiences have been consolidated in both Medical Specialization and Mental Health Prescription, obtaining good operating results of the joint model GP plus Medical Specialization, which have encouraged the extension of the Electronic Prescription in these areas over the last and future months.
It is expected that the Electronic Prescription model continues to evolve in different directions, for instance introducing new advanced features (such as clinical safety improvement in the prescription process) or interfacing with electronic prescription systems in other regions and other European countries.