Pharmacy contractors have received the notice about the implementation dates for 2DRx with the suppliers authorised to date.
The information is also available on HOWIS Intranet.
IT systems accredited for rolling out 2DRx
NHS Wales advises all community pharmacy contractors that the following pharmacy IT systems have been accredited for 2D barcode scanning/decoding functionality.
2D barcode prescription scanning is stage 2 of the ETP programme for Wales and represents an Essential Service requirement of the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework for England and Wales (2005).
All contractors are required by the Drug Tariff to receive three months notice of the date that their pharmacy IT system has been accredited for national roll-out. For the systems below, contractors are officially advised this date as being 12th July 2011.
- Pharmacy Manager (Cegedim Rx)
- Nexphase (Cegedim Rx)
- Proscript (RX Systems) & Numark Assist
- Proscript LINK (RX Systems/AAH)
Analyst (Positive Solutions)
Software applications passed 'first-of-type' piloting stage
These software applications have passed the 'first-of-type' (FOT) piloting stage and are compliant with the core functions and principles of 2DRx, which include:
Scanning barcoded prescription contents with near instant speed.
Importing and storing full patient and prescriber details received direct from a 2D barcoded prescription.
Populating the majority of drug/medication information from the barcode (where DM&D codes are present), but allowing users to over-type, if necessary, any dosage instructions that need to be changed.
This will improve patient safety by allowing reducing transcribing errors when compared to manual keyboard data entry. In addition, the 2D barcode service has shown in early adopter sites that the dispensing process is faster and more efficient.
- For IM&T funding purposes - see Drug Tariff, part VIA Section 6 - and to ensure the recurring payment of £200pcm remains unaffected, all contractors are required to place an order for 2DRx functionality with their system supplier by 30th September 2011.
Contractors that use any of the above systems are required to ensure this upgrade has been installed at their respective pharmacy branch(es) within three months of the notification date; i.e. 12th October 2011.
If you own a pharmacy in Wales that uses Rx Systems ProScript (including Numark Assist), you can register your interest in an upgrade for 2DRx.
Before completing the enquiry form please ensure your ProScript system is less than 4 years old - if not, you will be required to upgrade your system.