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Muscovites no longer need to show a paper prescription to buy a medicine – just have a QR code.

Since February, Muscovites no longer need to print a paper prescription to buy a medicine at a pharmacy. It is enough to show the pharmacist the QR code on the mobile phone screen The number of pharmacies that dispense drugs by electronic prescription has doubled – now there are more than one and a half thousand.

“The launch of electronic prescriptions became possible thanks to the work of a single digital platform – after reading the QR code of the prescription, the pharmacist receives detailed information about the prescribed drugs from the UMIAS database. This service is already available in 351 pharmacies of the Moscow Healthcare Department for preferential dispensing of medicines, as well as in 1223 points of commercial pharmacies. Since the beginning of the project, the number of pharmacy outlets where electronic prescriptions are taken has doubled and is 1574, ”she said.

Anastasia Rakova, Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Social Development.

The new system eliminates the possibility of unauthorized transfer of prescriptions to other persons or multiple purchases of drugs in different pharmacies for the same prescription. An electronic prescription cannot be tampered with, lost or damaged.

The ability to issue electronic prescriptions appeared in the Unified Medical Information and Analytical System of the city of Moscow (UMIAS) in early 2014, which made it possible to more than halve the time that a doctor spent on discharge. However, until February 2021, the patient had to print the prescription forms. Now this is not required, because the doctor signs the prescription with a qualified electronic signature, and patients need to show the QR code at the pharmacy to receive the prescribed drugs. If the electronic prescription is preferential, then the patient can receive medications under the compulsory medical insurance policy.

For those who are not ready to use the prescription electronically, want to buy medicines in a pharmacy that is not connected to the UMIAS, or leave for another region, it is still possible to get a prescription on a traditional paper form.

To date, an electronic prescription can only be issued by doctors of polyclinics of the capital Department of Health… In the future, all commercial, departmental and federal medical organizations located in Moscow will be able to connect to the system.

Digital healthcare projects in Moscow are being implemented jointly with the Department of Healthcare and Department of Information Technology.

Electronic prescriptions: city pharmacies will be connected to the UMIAS system in 2021More than 750 pharmacies in Moscow accept electronic prescriptions

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