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Electronic prescription: 12 benefits of the new system will begin to have an impact in Argentina from July

Electronic prescription: 12 benefits of the new system will begin to have an impact in Argentina from July
Electronic prescription: 12 benefits of the new system will begin to have an impact in Argentina from July

The incorporation of electronic prescriptions into the Argentine health system implies a substantial advance for health management.

As of July 1, 2024, total digitalization in the prescription and dispensing of medications and all other prescriptions will be mandatory in the Argentine Republic.in accordance with the provisions of the Decree of Necessity and Urgency DNU 70/2023, which reinforces the digital transformation process in medication management.

That is, in just a few days, both health insurers, hospitals, clinics and other health organizations must have the electronic prescription incorporated, whose main objectives are:

  • Improve the quality of medical care.
  • Increases patient safety.
  • Facilitates access to medications.
  • It provides greater control and efficiency to health organizations.

In addition to achieving these central goals for the development of an effective and sustainable health ecosystem, the electronic prescription provides a series of advantages that positively impact each and every one of the actors and beneficiaries of the health system. Between them:

  • Reduces the volume of dosing, dispensing and transcription errors. Which implies an increase in patient safety.
  • It simplifies the prescription and dispensing process, saving time for all actors involved.
  • Streamlines the generation of consumption instructions. Healthcare professionals can focus on the specific treatment, delegating the necessary validations to the system.
  • It allows automatic check-ups by linking electronic medication management with digital medical records. These checkups include allergies, contraindications related to individual characteristics and pre-existing pathologies, among other conditions.
  • Patient satisfaction increases due to the immediate availability of digital medical prescriptions at any time.
  • Improves traceability and documentation of each person’s medication history.
  • It facilitates communication between different health professionals, allowing better monitoring and coordination of patient treatment.
  • It allows doctors to quickly access a patient’s prescription history, helping them make informed decisions about treatment.
  • Avoid polypharmacy. A significant challenge for healthcare professionals, who often face the complexity of remembering all the side effects, drug interactions and possible contraindications of the treatments they prescribe.
  • It provides more efficient management of resources and better organization, both for insurers, providers and pharmacies.
  • It provides the ability to monitor and analyze drug prescription and use patterns, collaborating in the detection of abuse and fraud.
  • Helps comply with health regulations and standards by ensuring that prescriptions are made in a safe and documented manner.

The incorporation of electronic prescriptions into the Argentine health system implies a substantial advance for health management. An advance that has been demanded by health organizations, especially insurance companies.

The key is for health providers to have comprehensive medication management platforms that:

  • Optimize access to medications and visualization of the entire electronic prescription process.
  • They allow safe use strategies to be established, such as the detection of polypharmacy, drug interactions and control of maximum doses.

Its positive impact on the quality of medical services and patient satisfaction can be seen immediately.

CEO of Conexia

Source: Ambito

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