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March 23, 2021 2:26 pm

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It is enough for patients to show an electronic prescription with a QR code on the screen of a mobile phone at a pharmacy.

This year, Moscow doctors have already written over a million electronic prescriptions, more than half of them are preferential.

Until February of this year, all prescriptions had to be printed, but with the advent of a new service of a unified digital healthcare platform, a pharmacist can obtain the necessary information about prescribed drugs in the database of the Unified Medical Information and Analytical System of the city of Moscow (UMIAS). It is enough for him to read the QR code of the electronic prescription from the patient’s mobile phone screen.

Such an opportunity is already available in 351 pharmacies of preferential dispensing of medicines in the capital. Department of Health, As well as in more than 1.3 thousand outlets of commercial pharmacies that dispense drugs at full cost. In pharmacies at city polyclinics, instead of a prescription with a QR code, patients can present a compulsory health insurance policy to receive a drug on a preferential electronic prescription.

City residents have been able to use the service for issuing an electronic prescription since 2014. Thanks to her, it is possible to issue an electronic prescription within 30 seconds, while it takes a doctor up to several minutes to fill out a paper form manually. Reappointments for people with chronic diseases are now written out in one click.

Information about the prescribed prescriptions will not be lost; it is collected and stored in digital form in UMIAS. The patient at any time can view all the details of appointments in the electronic medical record on or in the EMIAS.INFO mobile application in the My Prescriptions section.

You can also get a prescription on paper. This is important for those patients who, for example, are not yet ready to use an electronic prescription, want to buy medicines at a pharmacy that is not yet connected to the UMIAS, or leave for another region.

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

A single digital healthcare platform developed jointly by the City Department of Health and Department of Information Technology… The ability to write electronic prescriptions appeared for physicians in 2014 after the introduction of this service in UMIAS.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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