Electronic Prescribing Is 10 Years Old & has Achieved 15% Reduction in Consultations


The health card system has handled nearly 100 million prescriptions in the province. The Olvera health center was the first of Cadiz network that launched the computer application

Long lines early in the morning before the door of the query to renew the prescription are now part of the past. The software tool, which did not come off right at the health centers, has completely changed the dynamics of work and allowed to take more control of pharmaceutical expenditure. It’s been ten years since the first outpatient touched at Cadiz Olvera made taxi to the so-called electronic recipe that is already established in all primary schools and pharmacies of the province.

At this time, family physicians have made a total of 98.2 million electronic prescriptions since this tool was set up. In Andalusia, the figure exceeds 674 million, which has saved 52.5 million consultations in health centers and avoided the displacements corresponding to the users, mainly those with a chronic illness.

The Minister for Equality, Health and Social Policies, María José Sánchez Rubio, said yesterday that ‘Andalusia was the first autonomous region, in collaboration with the Andalusian Council of Pharmacists in implementing electronic prescriptions and currently has more developed than this tool, which has numerous advantages for professionals and users.’ It recognized ‘the important collaboration of professionals and patients in the early stages of this project and the work of the pharmacy.’

The main advantage of this system of electronic prescribing and dispensing is that it spares patients, especially those who have a chronic illness, having to go to their doctor just to be issued with prescriptions to continue their treatments.

In a single act, the doctor may prescribe the drugs it deems necessary and in the amount that the user requires to perform the pattern and duration of treatment. The most frequently used drugs were antihypertensives, drugs for peptic ulcer and gastroesophageal reflux, analgesic, antipyretic and anti-anxiety drugs.

It is estimated that electronic prescribing has reduced by 15% the number of cases handled in primary care, which also entails that medical professionals have more time to health care and reduce the time spent on renewal queries issuing prescriptions or treatments.

At this time, the card system has also become a nightmare for computer professionals for cuts. These incidents are ongoing, but increasingly less so. The various updates have refined the application already shown more fluid.

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