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Report highlights progress being made on Scotland’s e-health strategy

Further progress towards the sharing of information about patients’ medication between health professionals in Scotland is expected next year, according to an update on the country’s e-health strategy.

Scotland’s e-health strategy runs from 2011-17 and one of its aims is to improve safety around medicines by improving communication and medicines reconciliation.

The progress report, published by the Scottish Government yesterday (16 December 2013), states that one of the developments expected in 2014 is: “Continued progress towards [an] interim strategy deliverable that ‘we will have enabled an accurate and up-to-date electronic medication summary to be available to the appropriate health care workers involved in a patient’s journey through the healthcare system’.”

Although the report does not specify which health care professionals this would include, the strategy itself mentions pharmacy. It states: “The e-pharmacy programme is exploring the potential benefits from sharing information on what has been dispensed for a patient, alongside what has been prescribed, through the pharmacy care record held in community pharmacies, to assist in medicines reconciliation. This helps ensure that the information available on the emergency care summary is a more accurate record of what medication people are actually taking.”

This week’s report also states that NHS boards will increasingly focus on delivering improved arrangements for hospital electronic prescribing and medicines administration in the next few years.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal URI: 11131985

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