Public consultation on the future of community-based ePrescribing

HIQA has launched a public consultation on draft recommendations for an ePrescribing programme in a community setting. This six-week consultation aims to elicit views on the future development of ePrescribing in Ireland.

HIQA says the draft recommendations are based on factors that have been found to support the success of national, community-based ePrescribing programmes internationally. HIQA’s ePrescribing: an International Reviewis published as a companion to this Draft for Consultation document and is available at www.hiqa.ie.

HIQA’s Director of Health Information and Standards, Rachel Flynn, said: “A national, community-based ePrescribing programme can deliver significant benefits for patients, prescribers and pharmacists. It can improve patient safety considerably by reducing cases of mistaken identity, incorrect dosage, incorrect medication and adverse drug interactions. ePrescribing can also save money and time compared to processing the same prescriptions manually.”

The closing date for receipt of comments is 5pm on Friday,  August 3, 2018.