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E-prescription in Poland - a preliminary report
E-prescription in Poland - a preliminary report

Author(s): Barbara Grabowska, Mariola Seń, Iwona Klisowska
Subject(s): Governance, Health and medicine and law
Published by: Fundacja Pro Scientia Publica
Keywords: e-prescription; electronic prescription; e-health

Summary/Abstract: Aim. Aim of the paper: to introduce the subject of e-prescription in Poland. E-prescription is a digital version of the previously used standard paper prescription. In Poland, professional arrangements were made, thanks to which it became possible to promote e-prescriptions in pharmacies and doctors’ surgeries throughout the country. Methods. The authors analyse how e-prescription is introduced in Poland. We applied comparative analysis (of eprescining in the European Union countries) , literature review (what are legal and technical constraints) and case study (how it was introduced in Poland). We showed the implementation of the e-Health (P1) system in Poland and described the use of the free application of the Ministry of Health. We presented preparations for the implementation of digital health services by the Center for Health Information Systems (CSIOZ). Results and conclusion. For years in Poland, handwritten prescriptions used to be the preferred method of communication for doctors when making decisions about therapy with medications and for pharmacists to distribute them. Nonetheless, over the last decade, interest in the subject of e-prescription, alongside other e-health solutions for processing health-related data, has increased. E-prescription is fi lled on the basis of a four-digit code, which we receive by text message sent to a given phone number or by email to an indicated address. Alternatively, there is a possibility to obtain an information printout, depending on the confi guration of our Patient Account. An important change introduced is that we do not have to physically carry the printed prescription with us anymore. E-prescription provides benefi ts for doctors, patients and pharmacists, such as: convenience, time saving, greater safety of the therapy, less risk of error, less bureaucracy. The main objectives of the e-prescribing system involve facilitation of the process of prescriptions delivery, reduction of errors, time optimisation for doctors and pharmacists and eliminating the problem of illegible and fake prescriptions, which have so far been a common occurrence. Cognitive value. This article shows the process of introducing E-prescription in Poland.

  • Issue Year: 7/2020
  • Issue No: 7
  • Page Range: 151-156
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: English