Digital medication information assurance

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


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. This is time consuming and can lead to errors.

NHS Digital guidance sets out how to communicate medication dose and timings digitally between systems 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 own 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 been updated to include this medications model.

Ann Slee, Associate Chief Clinical Information Officer at NHS England talks to PRSB about the vision for medicines information sharing and how standards are critical to this work. Watch the video clips here.

Video Playlist
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Drivers for change
Drivers for change
The need for medicines interoperability
The need for medicines interoperability
The overprescribing review
The overprescribing review
The vision and challenge
The vision and challenge
What has been implemented so far
What has been implemented so far
Next steps
Next steps
  • 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

IHRIM record correction guidance

Despite vigilance when filing information in records, mistakes can occur. The Institute of Health Records and Information Management has guidance to support professionals in making corrections following errors.