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Transfer PharmOutcomes data today or risk losing it

By News team

Contractors in England must sign up to the new PharmOutcomes platform and transfer their existing data over by midnight on Sunday (7 April 2013), otherwise all data and service records will be lost, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has warned. The new platform went live this week and the original system will be terminated on 10 April 2013.

Regardless of whether contractors are using the new PharmOutcomes platform, the PSNC advises that they download and save copies of data stored in the old system before it is switched off. "In particular, the PSNC strongly recommends that contractors download copies of their new medicine service data, as this will not be transferred to the new PharmOutcomes system but [contractor are required] to keep a copy of their NMS records for two years from the date of completion of the service," it says.

All contractors using the PharmOutcomes system received notice of these changes last year, but some have still not accepted the user agreement that allows transfer of their data to the new system, explained the PSNC’s head of NHS services Alastair Buxton. "Of course pharmacies are always busy, but for those wanting to continue taking advantage of the PharmOutcomes system and/or to keep all the information they have saved within it, this really is a must do job for today," he urged.

Instructions on signing up to the new platform and transferring and downloading data are available on the PSNC website.

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Citation: The Pharmaceutical JournalURI: 11119603

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