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Electronic prescription

The electronic prescription (e-prescription or e-recipe) is a paperless prescription that is intended to replace the previous form of the paper prescription. The communication process of a prescription currently involves the issuing physician, the patient, the pharmacist and the health insurance company, whereby there are several media breaks

that unnecessarily increase the workload. The first media break occurs at the issuing physician, who enters the prescription

intothe computer but then prints it out as a paper prescription. The subsequent media break at the pharmacy involves re-entering the prescription into a computer that is connected to the pharmacy data center server. These repeated manual entries are to be avoided with the electronic prescription. Possible data carriers

underdiscussion are

the electronichealth card

(eGK) or a networking concept between doctor, pharmacist and health insurance company. Thedoctor could enter the electronic prescription directly onto the patient's electronic health card, which can be read out and directly processed at the pharmacy. Alternatively, the electronic prescription could be placed on a pharmacy server via a public network and accessed at the pharmacy together with the patient.

E-prescriptions make processing safer because interactions between medications and compatibility with each other are recognized directly. In addition, an e-prescription can ensure compliance with the medication plan.

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Updated at: 14.11.2019
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