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27-09-2012 | General practice | Article

Electronic prescriptions gain ground

Abstract

NHS - EPS Statistics

medwireNews: Roll-out of phase 2 of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS 2) is continuing apace as more PCTs gain approval for the system.

In Practice Systems (INPS), developer of the Vision practice electronic records system, now has 200 GP practices that have adopted EPS 2 on its books, with a large number of further practices signed up for the service.

EPS enables prescribers to send prescriptions electronically to a dispenser of the patient's choice, making the process more efficient and convenient for patients and staff. It can be particularly beneficial for patients on regular medications, reducing the number of visits they have to make to re-order their repeat prescriptions.

According to latest NHS statistics, 303 general practices and 6,701 dispensing contractors are now ready to start using EPS 2 in total. To date, 1,615,849 EPS 2 prescriptions containing 3,758,905 items have been dispensed and claimed.

Elaine Munden, EPS project manager at INPS, said: "There are significant benefits that practice managers are already seeing and there is also a reduction in the number of lost prescriptions."

INPS says it expects to deliver EPS 2 to around half of GP practices using Vision in England by the end of the financial year.

Max Brighton, Managing Director of INPS, said: "The accelerated roll-out of EPS compatibility in Vision across the country shows that GPs are recognising the considerable savings and efficiencies that they can realise, particularly valuable at a time of increased pressure on time and resources."

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By Caroline Price