Notifications from pharmacy systems to GP practice systems

Notifications from pharmacy systems to GP practice systems

Direct notifications can be communicated between clinical IT systems (e.g. from pharmacy system to GP practice system) to improve patients’ experiences and care outcomes, and to bring other health-related benefits.

The Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) has worked with NHS Digital, PSNC, clinicians from across primary care, and others to develop several standards for electronic transfer of information which could be sent from pharmacy systems to GP practice systems.

The use of Flu vaccination service PRSB-developed notification is currently being piloted by NHS Digital within Leeds and further information is set out below.

Transfer of flu vaccination information (piloting within Leeds for PharmOutcomes/SystmOne users)

Leeds piloting from October 2019

Electronic flu vaccination notifications are being sent from pharmacies to GP practices. The notifications are securely transferred from PharmOutcomes to SystmOne GP practice users within NHS Digital’s Leeds pilot. Vaccine details can be added directly to a patient’s record, without having to transcribe the information manually.

This is expected to save time for GP practice staff and pharmacy teams, help improve data quality and reduce the likelihood of transcribing errors.

Next steps

If the pilot is a success, NHS Digital will work towards rolling out the service further nationally in the coming months – initially for PharmOutcomes and SystmOne users, and then for other suppliers following similar pilot schemes.

Other similar types of standard electronic notifications

The piloting of the use of the flu vaccination notifications will help to inform the potential transfer of other standard notifications from pharmacy to GP practice systems. This may include emergency supply notifications and could one day include notifications for other types of vaccinations.

The PRSB developed ‘pharmacy information flows’ standard notifications and supported a generic design so that initial notifications could act as templates for similar notifications. This also means that system suppliers may more easily make those changes required to enable the structured flow of various information.

 

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