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Ministry of Health: e-prescription pilot goes well

More than 24,000 ePrescriptions were issued to more than 5,200 patients during the first pilot phase, which started in May and ended on 12 September, according to the Ministry of Health (MZ).

The pilotage, which began in Siedlce (mazowieckie province) and Skierniewice (łódzkie province), was later extended by another two locations: Krynica Zdrój (Małopolskie Voivodeship) and Wysokie (Lubelskie Voivodeship). In total, it included nearly 70 doctors and over 60 pharmacies.

Over 50% of the patients who received the e-prescription were older than 60 years, and about 25% were older than 70 years.

Although the first phase of the piloting has formally ended, ePrescription is still issued in four test locations. The second phase is to start in Pleszew (Wielkopolskie Voivodeship), Chełm (Lubelskie Voivodeship) and Polanica (Dolnośląskie Voivodeship).

From January 2019 all pharmacies in Poland will be able to implement e-prescriptions. However, medical facilities will be gradually connected to the system next year, most likely in the voivodeship after the voivodeship.

Within the system, the patient receives a prescription for an individual patient’s account (if they have one) or receives an information printout with a barcode, which is presented in a pharmacy. One prescription prescribes one medicine.

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