The PRSB has published new guidance to define how medication dose and timings are communicated digitally between systems in all care settings.

Overview

When people move between different healthcare settings, it’s important that the information about their medications can be shared easily with all the professionals involved in their care. At the moment, hospital and primary care clinicians prescribe differently which means that details about medications and their use instructions vary between settings. The information has to be checked and sometimes translated manually by clinicians when a person’s care moves from one service to another. This is time consuming and can lead to errors in translation and transcription.

The new guidance from NHS Digital sets out how to communicate medication dose and timings digitally between systems in all care settings without any change or loss of accuracy or meaning. This will make it easier for patients and clinicians in different care settings to obtain, use and import to their systems a patient’s medications, helping them to provide the right care and improve medication safety for patients.

The supporting PRSB information includes a non-technical guidance document for health and care professionals and patients.

PRSB standards have now been updated to include the new medications model following endorsement. Initial testing is now underway with our pilot sites.

Endorsement

The Digital medication information assurance has been endorsed by the following organisations:

  • Faculty of Clinical Informatics
  • Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Royal College of Physicians
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Royal College of Emergency Medicine
  • Royal College of Anaesthetists
  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Royal College of Midwives
  • Royal College of Surgeons
  • Royal College of Occupational Therapists
  • Royal College of Ophthalmologists
  • Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists
  • College of Paramedics
  • British Association of Perinatal Medicine
  • British & Irish Orthoptic Society
  • Care Provider Alliance
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • British Dietetic Association