Work starts to improve electronic information sharing from pharmacies

Work starts to improve electronic information sharing from pharmacies

February 21, 2018

The Professional Records Standards Body (PRSB) has begun work on a new project to improve information sharing between pharmacy teams and the rest of the health and care sector, to improve patient care.

PRSB will work with NHS Digital, the RPS, PSNC and other pharmacy stakeholders to develop data standards so that information from community pharmacy services can be shared digitally with other services, with an initial focus on GPs. The information, which will include data on immunisations, medication and other patient related information, will support health and care professionals to make the right decisions about care.

Commenting on the start of this work, pharmacist and advisor to the project Stephen Goundrey-Smith, said:

“Through new services and offerings, community pharmacists are becoming increasingly involved in patient care. From offering vaccinations to additional support and advice with medications, it is more important than ever that we are sharing the right information with other care providers. A standard on pharmacy information flows will mean we are able to share the right information between services in a standardised way, ultimately leading to better quality care for patients.”

NHS Digital are working on the project as well with PRSB to explore pharmacy teams being able to send flu vaccine information electronically to GP practices. NHS Digital and others are working with the PRSB to develop a standard for recording this information. NHS Digital also working with pharmacy system suppliers to explore how integration can be done with pharmacy systems. A new system is scheduled to be introduced in the future. It will intend to remove the only option being the need to post, fax or hand deliver paper copies of flu vaccine notification forms to GP practices.

How can community pharmacists get involved in this work?

Look out for further announcements about how pharmacy team members can get involved.

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