Electronic Prescriptions: Why Community Pharmacists Still Treat Them as Paper-Based?

Sven Van Laere, Pieter Cornu, Evy Dreesen, Jan Lenie, Ronald Buyl

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Belgium is in a transition from paper-based prescriptions to electronic prescriptions (ePrescriptions). Since patients still receive a paper proof of the ePrescription, this proof is sometimes used as a paper-based prescription. In this study, the frequency of incorrect use of the paper proof was evaluated and possible reasons for incorrect use were hypothesized. In 10,000 prescriptions, 226 ePrescriptions (2.26 %) were handled incorrectly. Possible reasons for this handling are (1) non-compliance of the community pharmacist; (2) errors in software or handling of the community pharmacist; (3) errors at the prescriber side or patient tries to fraud; (4) incorrectly revoking the ePrescription; and (5) errors in prescriber's software. The presence of incentives and penalties might help in preventing this erroneous type of handling.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICT for Health Research
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the EFMI 2019 Special Topic Conference
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781614999584
ISBN (Print)978-1-61499-958-4
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventEFMI STC 2019 ICT for Health Science Research - Hannover, Germany
Duration: 7 Apr 201910 Apr 2019


ConferenceEFMI STC 2019 ICT for Health Science Research

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