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This appeared a few days ago.

Electronic script scanning incentive announced

30 August, 2013 Nick O'Donoghue
Pharmacists will be able to claim up to $2000 per pharmacy if they use electronic prescription scanning systems, as part of a new incentive announced today.
The decision to incentivise the use of Electronic Transfer of Prescriptions (ETP), comes after months of negotiations between the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and the Department of Health and Ageing, and will be applicable for the 2013/14 financial year.
The new incentive, which uses existing Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement funds, is aimed at driving ETP use in pharmacies to improve quality use of medicines and reducing the number of adverse medication events.
Kos Sclavos, Guild national president, welcomed the new incentive, saying it would encourage more pharmacies to adjust their workflow to facilitate the scanning of barcodes on all electronic prescriptions.
“This is a significant and cost effective step towards boosting the use of electronic prescription technology, reaping tangible benefits in terms of accuracy, efficiency, and patient medication management,” he said.
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So to stop spending time re-typing prescriptions into their dispensing systems and making the whole process safer and quicker for them and the patients, the pharmacists are being give a donation of $2000.
It is amazing this can happen in the Government caretaker period but I am assured it's part of portfolio management utilising an already established agreement.
Talk about being money for nothing!


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