Fred IT na­tional RTPM deal

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FRED IT Group has been ap­pointed by the Fed­eral Health De­part­ment to cre­ate and im­ple­ment a new Na­tional Data Ex­change (NDE) ser­vice, which will un­der­pin the even­tual na­tional roll-out of real-time mon­i­tor­ing of pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tions (RTPM).

Fred CEO Paul

Nai­smith said the com­pany’s re­cent ex­pe­ri­ence in the devel­op­ment of Vic­to­ria’s new SafeScript sys­tem would be “in­valu­able in ex­tend­ing real-time pre­scrip­tion mon­i­tor­ing to health pro­fes­sion­als in all states and ter­ri­to­ries”.

The $23 mil­lion con­tract will see the com­pany “de­sign, build and de­liver the soft­ware sys­tem for the Na­tional Data Ex­change” com­po­nent of the sys­tem, with the project in­volv­ing work­ing closely with med­i­cal and phar­macy soft­ware ven­dors and ju­ris­dic­tions to pro­vide a con­sis­tent ex­pe­ri­ence for health pro­fes­sion­als prac­tis­ing in dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ments.

The sys­tem will also re­flect in­di­vid­ual state and ter­ri­tory re­quire­ments, Fred said.

“The in­tro­duc­tion of a na­tional ap­proach to re­al­time pre­scrip­tion mon­i­tor­ing will play a sig­nif­i­cant role in pre­vent­ing pre­scrip­tion med­i­ca­tion mis­use,” Nai­smith said.

The sys­tem will pro­vide health pro­fes­sion­als with ac­cu­rate and upto-date clin­i­cal data about pa­tient pre­scrip­tions, and thereby en­able doc­tors and phar­ma­cists to iden­tify and sup­port at-risk pa­tients.

Tel­stra Health, the 50% owner of Fred along with the Phar­macy Guild of Aus­tralia, wel­comed the an­nounce­ment, with MD Mary Fo­ley say­ing “plat­forms such as this lever­age our rapidly digi­tis­ing health­care en­vi­ron­ment to con­nect health­care si­los, and will sup­port providers to im­prove med­i­ca­tion safety in the com­mu­nity”.

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