As part of a drive towards electronic prescriptions, regulations are expected to be changed later this year that will expand electronic prescribing to nearly all prescriptions.
The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) enables prescribers to send digital prescriptions to a nominated dispenser (e.g. pharmacy) of the patient’s choosing, making the process more efficient and convenient.
EPS currently accounts for around 63% of all prescriptions, though this figure is expected to increase to around 90%, according to NHS Digital.
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock supports this move to electronic prescribing, stating
“We need to harness technology across the NHS to improve care, save time for patients and make the lives of hardworking staff easier. In an NHS where thousands of GP surgeries already enjoy the benefits of electronic prescriptions, it can’t be right that there are occasions when archaic paper prescriptions still have to be used.”
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