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Gibraltar Health Authority unveils national electronic transcription solution

First DataBank Europe : 22 April, 2008  (Application Story)
The Gibraltar Health Authority (GHA) has introduced a new prescription transcribing and dispensing application that incorporates the UK’s leading drug knowledge base, the Multilex Drug Data File from First DataBank Europe (FDBE).
The application enables the GHA’s GP clinics and pharmacies to store and share patient medication information in a central web-based system.

Using a combination of unique prescription IDs and unique patient IDs, the application provides a safe and secure means of dispensing. The GP transcribes the prescription which, once allocated a unique reference number, is electronically sent to a central system. The patient can then take their prescription to the most convenient pharmacy for dispensing.

As all registered Gibraltar patients have unique patient IDs recently issued with their combined Gibraltar National Health Card and European Health Insurance Card (E111), the prescription information can be retrieved securely by the pharmacist using this ID, along with the unique prescription number printed on the paper based prescription. The system will improve communications between healthcare professionals, reduce dispensing time and facilitate reimbursement for prescription charges.

Initially the system will be accessible to all GHA GPs and pharmacists in Gibraltar via the internet. Next steps are to deploy the system to hospital consultants and to make important patient medication information available to departments such as A and E, where fast access to this type of information may sometimes be critical to patient care.

Dr David McCutcheon, GHA’s chief executive, commented: “This application facilitates the introduction of our new primary care strategy and will be invaluable in the safe management of people with chronic disease.”

Joey Gabay, deputy director of operational developments and IM and T at GHA added: “The Gibraltar Health Authority has a strong mandate and commitment from the Government of Gibraltar to embrace technology as a means of delivering, safe, efficient and effective care to our patients. Our partnership with First DataBank Europe has helped us move closer to our goal of having a safe, structured, patient centred clinical information system.”

David Flavell, managing director of FDBE, said: “This project has provided FDBE with an excellent opportunity to work in partnership with the Gibraltar Health Authority. We fully support their aim to improve patient care and safety and look forward to working with them on future developments.”
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