E-prescription: Security of supply even in the event of technical errors

ABDA Bundesvgg. German pharmacist associations

E-prescription: Security of supply even in the event of technical errors

Berlin (ots)

The e-prescription can be introduced in all pharmacies nationwide from September 1, 2022, after the quality criteria have been met in the current test phase and the health insurance companies have guaranteed that the costs will be borne by the gematik specialist service for technically faulty e-prescriptions until a technical solution is found to take over for the medicines. On this basis, the German Association of Pharmacists (DAV) supports a resolution passed yesterday at the gematik shareholders’ meeting to start the rollout.

The fulfilled quality criteria include that at least 30,000 e-prescriptions have been successfully billed. In addition, the health insurance companies have assured the pharmacies that they will conclude a “peace obligation in the event of retaxations” for the transitional period, so that the costs for the prescribed medication will also be covered if the name of the issuing doctor does not match the signature of his medical professional card. Alternatively, the patients would have to be sent back to the doctor’s office, where a new (paper) prescription would then have to be issued. This would burden the supply and jeopardize the acceptance of the e-prescription by patients, doctors and pharmacists.

“Pharmacies have been working intensively on the digital transformation of the healthcare system for years. Now the introduction of the e-prescription is imminent,” says DAV Chairman Thomas Dittrich: “The hardware and software is available, the last training courses are taking place, and thus pharmacies are basically e-prescription-ready. Especially in the start-up phase, the e-prescription must also win the acceptance of the patients in order to be perceived as useful and practical in the long term. A rejection of e-prescriptions in the pharmacy because of technical Mistakes would be counterproductive. It is therefore important that the health insurance companies, especially in the start-up phase, now assure that they will bear the costs for the prescribed medicines even in the event of technical errors, such as a different spelling of the doctor’s name. Doctors’ surgeries, pharmacies and health insurance companies can only do this together E-prescription lead to success and thus a noticeable benefit for patient care and provide patients.”

More information at www.abda.de

Press contact:

dr Reiner Kern, spokesman, 030 40004-132, [email protected]

Christian Splett, Deputy Spokesman, 030 40004-137, [email protected]

Original content from: ABDA Bundesvgg. German pharmacist associations, transmitted by news aktuell

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