BETA testing of a universal claim form for CPUS and eMAS is due to be tested early next year, according to Amanda Rae, Head of Policy and Development at Community Pharmacy Scotland (CPS), who was speaking at the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) conference in Glasgow.
This meant that e-prescribing would replace everything that currently needs to be written on CPUS and would also incorporate eMAS. It would be “just brilliant” she said.
Moreover, this technology could be used if additional services were developed which also needed pharmacists to write prescriptions. More details would be available later this year. A national standardised MAR chart would also be introduced after beta testing for that was completed.
Other IT developments included a continued push for pharmacist access to patient records. CPS had been lobbying MSPs, and a White Paper had now gone to the Scottish Government Health and Sport Committee to explain why it was needed. “That’s really a big one, but essentially MSPs are bought into it, as it ticks everyone’s boxes: it frees up GP time, it makes the patient experience much better, it makes the role of pharmacists easier and more fulfilling, professionally better, and supports continuous improvement,” said Amanda.