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NPA seeks views on proposed IT system requirements

A list of features community pharmacists require from their computersystems in order to deliver services has been drawn up by the NationalPharmacy Association

A list of features community pharmacists require from their computer systems in order to deliver services has been drawn up by the National Pharmacy Association.

The NPA is seeking comment on the proposals, which identify 10 categories, including clinical governance, patient records and dispensing, and is asking its members whether other functions should be added.

The intention behind what the NPA is calling its “IT Green Paper” is that it will provide a definitive list of requirements for pharmacy systems suppliers, said the NPA’s NHS liaison manager Gareth Jones.

He said: “We would like pharmacists to add any functions to the list which they think are currently missing. We are trying to build a consensus of what people need and then prioritise them — it’s aimed at suppliers and will be saying ‘these are the things we need for us’.”

The NPA rejected criticism that the decision to seek views from pharmacists about what they want their pharmacy IT systems to deliver was rather late in the day given the Government’s long-standing policy for the profession to adopt electronic practices.

An NPA spokesman said that it was “never too late” to update IT systems, which need to be reviewed regularly to make sure they are offering the profession what it needs.

Comments on the list are invited until 30 September 2009 via the NPA’s web-based IT forum.

Pharmacists who log on also have the opportunity to categorise a function according to whether is should be “core”, desirable”, something for the “future” or “undesirable” by filling in the appropriate box.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 10976146

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