Securely into the future with NOVENTI and e-prescriptions
E-Prescriptions are coming, and they will digitize the prescription process. This provides the opportunity to actively shape the future and optimize processes.
With NOVENTI, you can benefit from years of experience and expertise in the digital environment because digitization has been our routine business for decades. For many years, we have been offering an interconnected process from prescription transmission to product management to billing from a single source. With products like callmyApo and e-ffizin, we already offer digital solutions to transmit prescriptions as well as product ordering for pharmacies and customers.
This keeps the process the same for our partners starting at prescription processing. The only thing that is new is the way that the prescription data is sent from the physician to the patient. NOVENTI as the largest health care provider sees itself as responsible for not only managing the digital revolution but for actively shaping it.
We see e-prescriptions as an opportunity for owner-managed pharmacies to provide products locally. For us, implementing our own solutions not only plays an important role, but we also concentrate on implementing, managing, and supporting all projects to support e-prescriptions with a focus on on-site pharmacies. We are actively participating in countless model projects and are taking the lead for defining processes and system architecture so that e-prescriptions become a prescription for success.
NOVENTI receives contract for centralized e-prescription storage (“GERDA” project) and release for beta version
NOVENTI received the contract for implementing substantial portions of the e-prescription as part of the ABDA (Federal Association of German Pharmacist Associations) “GERDA” model project (“protected e-prescription service for pharmacies”). Pharmacies still have authority over the necessary infrastructure, and the technical responsibility is with the Avoxa subsidiary NGDA (Network Operating Company of German Pharmacists). In the bidding process for the NGDA, NOVENTI was convincing with its experience and technical expertise and was able to come out on top of three other competitors.
The contract includes implementing the centralized e-prescription specialized service that manages the status transitions for e-prescriptions in addition to e-prescription storage. For example, this will ensure that patients are the only ones who can make the decision about the pharmacy where the prescription will be filled. It will also ensure that prescriptions can only be filled once in a pharmacy, and it will determine the procedure when a customer decides to switch pharmacies to have their prescription filled in another pharmacy.
NOVENTI is providing the first version of the software by mid-July of this year. Pilot operation will start then in November – initially in the Stuttgart and Tuttlingen regions. As of November, physicians in these regions will be able to issue prescriptions electronically for the first time. As a first step, these e-prescriptions will mainly be the “normal” template 16 prescriptions. Anesthetic prescriptions and medicinal substances will be progressively introduced. GERDA is to be implemented for the entire state of Baden-Wuerttemberg in February 2020.
The beta version has already been sent out, and the NGDA released it on 06/14/19. At this occasion, the Chief Executive Officer of NOVENTI Health SE, Dr. Hermann Sommer declared, “We are very glad about the trust that has been placed in us and are happy to design this area of our digital future in German healthcare together with the ABDA (Federal Association of German Pharmacist Associations).”
Das eRezept einfach erklärt
Beginning of the NOVENTI E-Prescription Lounge
We introduced the NOVENTI E-Prescription Lounge at the NOVENTI OPEN to have close contact and interaction with our customers about the future of German healthcare in general and the introduction of the e-prescription in particular. Because of its great success, we will continue it and also be present from September 25 to September 28 in Düsseldorf at the expopharm 2019. In the NOVENTI E-Prescription Lounge, you can find out how we can help you with our services and technologies for e-prescriptions that are partially being used today. We can show you how your on-site pharmacy will benefit from the system change and how introducing e-prescriptions will become your personal prescription for success.
The legal basis of e-prescriptions
The Safer Pharmaceutical Care Act (GSAV) entered into force on August 16th, 2019. This act is to significantly improve the safety and quality of pharmaceutical care. It also forms the basis for gradual introduction of electronic prescriptions because the GSAV makes a requirement to create the necessary conditions for electronic prescriptions.
Introduction of e-prescriptions
As of yet, there is no specific time for a Germany-wide, all-encompassing introduction of e-prescriptions. Technical and regulatory requirements must be met so that first and foremost e-prescriptions can be transported securely and with encryption. E-Prescriptions are already being tested today in current model projects. The official introduction should take place in 2020, and then it should be possible to completely process prescriptions using electronic means. However, it is expected that initially there will not be a complete change to electronic prescription processing, but that conventional and electronic prescriptions will operate side-by-side for an extended period of time.