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November 23, 2005

Atos Origin rolls out ePharmacy service in Scotland

IT services company Atos Origin has commenced the roll-out of an ePharmacy service across Scotland, UK, which will reach 1150 community pharmacies in all 15 National Health Service boards.

By CBR Staff Writer

The ePharmacy service will replace the current paper-based service with an electronic solution that will support pharmacists in delivering pharmaceutical care services. It is hoped the new technology will improve patient care and provide faster and more efficient processing of prescriptions.

As NHS Scotland’s IT partner, Atos Origin, in partnership with PA consulting and NHS National Services Scotland (NSS), designed, built and manages the delivery of the ePharmacy infrastructure, which will connect general practitioners and community pharmacists to the central message store and to the registration and payment systems. In addition, Atos Origin will work with NSS to manage the transition from a development programme into a fully operational service, including future proofing.

A Scottish executive spokesperson said: We very much welcome the progress being made by the ePharmacy programme technical team, staff at NHS National Services Scotland and all of the pharmacy system suppliers in developing the IT functionality required to underpin the new community pharmacy contract.

The ePharmacy delivery infrastructure is compatible with all pharmacy software systems supporting the ePharmacy delivery programme including the current implementation of eMAS via CegedimRX, Enigma Health and AAH pharmacy systems.

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