The current situation is that the doctor writes a prescription manually on the paper form. In addition to that, the doctor compiles a report indicating the number and type of prescriptions he has written. Patient brings the paper prescription to the pharmacy where the pharmacist enters the prescription into the pharmacy’s information system, and then issues the medication.
The biggest minus of the currently existing system is that the reporting process required from the doctors and pharmacists is very time consuming. Doctors make mistakes related to the complicated task of assigning subsidies to prescriptions, and incorrectly calculated subsidies will be later deducted from their wages. Additionally, patients have to make another appointment to see the doctor again if they have lost their manually written paper prescription.
The initiators of this project have established as the goal of the Digital Prescription to solve the current problems through giving the prescription and reporting an electronic format. As a secondary priority the Digital Prescription should practically make it impossible for the doctors to make mistakes and for the patients to lose their prescription.
In the course of the project, a central system will be developed. This system will store the incoming prescriptions (messages), and based on a request it will issue the prescriptions of the specific patient to the information system of pharmacies.
- The system enables to monitor and manage issuing of prescriptions.
- The system will ensure an identical business-logic of medications and preferential prices.
- The system will ensure an orderly circulation of treatment information.
- The information system issuing a medication will receive a confirmation (for the benefit) from the Estonian Health Insurance Fund.
- The Estonian Health Insurance Fund will be provided with fast and accurate reporting.
- Doctors will spend significantly less time on issuing prescriptions.
- Pharmacies will spend significantly less time on issuing prescriptions.
- Currently there are approximately 8 million prescriptions issued each year. Majority of these prescriptions would be issued digitally.
- Doctors will get feedback as to whether the medication was actually bought out by the patient.
- The implemented system will protect the doctors from unforeseeable costs related to inaccurate use of subsidies.
- Patients no longer have to worry about carrying the paper prescription around nor losing their prescription.
- It will be easier to protect the prescription data.