Electronic Prescription Fee

To support payment of an electronic prescription fee per transaction to approved suppliers for eligible electronic prescriptions.

eHealth is the transfer of health resources and health care by electronically connecting-up the points of care so that health information can be shared securely.

eHealth Initiatives

The national eHealth record system is an Australian Government initiative designed to allow doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers, such as pharmacists to view and share patients’ health information in order to improve patient care. An eHealth record is a secure online summary of individuals’ health information, controlled by the patient and secured and maintained by the Australian Government.

The Australian Government is rolling out the eHealth record system in carefully managed stages. Over time, eHealth records will provide pharmacists and other healthcare professionals with quick access to information about an individual’s health. This will make the delivery of health care more efficient, reduce risks in diagnosis and treatment, improve overall continuity of care and include information on medications, allergies and previous adverse reactions. The system will aim to better connect pharmacists to patients and their prescribers, making the prescribing and dispensing of medications safer and more streamlined.

For more information on the national eHealth record system and the important role pharmacists and community pharmacies in the system, visit the eHealth website.

Electronic Transfer of Prescriptions

Electronic Transfer of Prescriptions (ETP) is the transfer of prescription information between prescribers and dispensers using electronic means. It is an important foundation for community pharmacy in the movement towards a connected healthcare system.

Ensuring that medicines information can be accurately and securely shared underpins a range of medications management and healthcare benefits for both patients and healthcare professionals.

To realise the benefits of eHealth, community pharmacy will get actively involved in furthering its skills around electronic medication management, the first step of which is turning on ETP in every pharmacy.

Electronic Prescription Fee

Funding is provided under the 6CPA for the Electronic Prescription Fee (EPF) to support payment of an electronic prescription fee per transaction to approved suppliers for eligible electronic prescriptions.

Under these arrangements the 15 cent EPF is payable to Community Pharmacies for eligible (ETP) prescriptions. This 15c payment is then passed on by the government on behalf of participating pharmacies to the Prescription Exchange Services (PES) providers (eRx and MediSecure) to operate the PES system. This arrangement results in a no-cost scenario for participating pharmacies.

Electronic Transfer of Prescriptions (ETP) is the transfer of prescription information between prescribers and dispensers using electronic means. It is an important foundation for community pharmacy in the movement towards a connected healthcare system.