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EPS digital prescription token specification

This specification defines the requirements for Digital Prescription Tokens to be used with the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS). It includes stating the prescription types that are eligible and the data set for the digital token.  It has been written for EPS prescribing system suppliers and patient facing system suppliers. 

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EPS digital prescription token specification


Summary

This specification defines the requirements for Digital Prescription Tokens to be used with the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS). It includes stating the prescription types that are eligible and the data set for the digital token.  It has been written for EPS prescribing system suppliers and patient facing system suppliers. 


1. Terminology

Term Description
Delivery channel Generic term to describe the mechanism used to transfer the digital prescription token between the sender and the recipient i.e. the patient or patient’s delegate (proxy). The 3 main examples are Email, SMS and App.
Delivery address The unique identifying address that the digital prescription token will be sent to.  This is only appropriate for certain delivery channels i.e. email and SMS.
Patient delivery preference  The patients chosen combination of delivery channel, and where appropriate delivery address. 

 


2. Background

A digital prescription token enables the patient to provide the dispenser with the capability to be able to retrieve a non-nominated prescription quickly and effectively without having to cross-reference different stand-alone systems. There are a variety of patient journeys where issuing a paper token to the patient is not always possible at the point of prescribing, and as a consequence causes inconvenience to the patient and increases footfall into a prescribing setting when a paper token needs to be collected.


Primary use case

Prescriptions issued for patients without using a nomination (also referred to as Phase 4 non-nomination).

The use of a digital prescription token will reduce the need for patients or their representatives to access the care setting to collect a Paper token.

Currently, the postal service may be relied upon to ensure people receive their paper token, this places an administrative burden on the prescriber or other staff in the care setting.

Where collection of a paper token is not possible, the prescribers may have to relay information such as the prescription ID or NHS number for the patient to take to pharmacy, or rely on the pharmacy to search via Personal Demographics Service (PDS) and EPS Tracker when the patient arrives


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Last edited: 15 September 2021 7:25 am