Preparing for ePrescribing

Electronic prescribing is a hot topic right now, as the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA) and software vendors prepare for the upcoming launch of the Token Model on 30 May.

How does a token work?

If a patient chooses an ePrescription rather than paper, a unique encrypted code called a token is created from the prescriber’s software and sent via an app, SMS or email to the patient.

The patient then goes to their preferred pharmacy, where their token is scanned into the pharmacy’s system, unlocking the encrypted code to display the prescription ready to be dispensed. As soon as the token is unlocked, the code is rendered invalid and cannot be used again.

ADHA ran webinars for both prescribers and dispensers that help to explain this model further. Watch the webinars below.

North Coast PHN will have more information coming shortly. In the meantime, here are a few things you can do:

  • Check you NASH PKI certificate is valid by going here.
  • Contact your software vendor to check if they have any requirements.
  • Ensure you are connected to a prescription exchange service such as eRx and MediSecure.