EPS hits 1 million prescriptions a day milestone
For the first time ever EPS has processed one million prescriptions in a single day, in total 500 million electronic prescriptions have now been issued through the system and a third of all prescriptions are now sent to pharmacies this way.
The Summary Care Record has also achieved a major milestone, having been accessed five million times by doctors, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. The SCR launched late last year and enables instant access to vital clinical information about a patient when they are being cared for in an emergency or when their GP practice is closed.
A SCR is now viewed every 9 seconds and 55 million people are benefiting from the improved information that healthcare professionals have to support their treatment and care, reports The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).
â€œWhen you consider that around one billion prescriptions are generated every year in England, it is a significant achievement to be able to say that over a third of all prescriptions are now processed electronically,â€ said programme head for EPS, Rachel Habergham.
â€œThe volumes continue to increase on a daily basis as we support more GPs to go live. We are fast approaching a day when it will be very rare for a prescription not to be processed by EPS.â€
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