Spain switches to electronic prescriptions

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From July 1, 2023, Spain will say goodbye to the handwritten medical prescription. A new government decision, which was recently published, announces the switch to a mandatory electronic prescription system. This applies to both prescriptions for medicines and medical examinations and treatments.

The decision is dated on Friday and was published in the Staatsblad on Monday. It is seen as an amendment to existing legislation regarding electronic or digital prescriptions. These new regulations follow previous decrees and developments started under former Minister of Health Carla Vizzotti. Adjustments are also made to other related regulations, including those for pharmacies.

Increased security and privacy protection

An important aspect of the new decree is that the government is setting up a register for platforms that doctors use to draw up these prescriptions. This is intended to ensure the security and privacy of patient data. That’s an important point given concerns about the security of personal data when using unverified free apps by independent physicians.

Tightening of sanctions

The government has also announced that with this decision it will significantly increase the fines for violations of the new regulations. Fines for illegal practices with electronic prescriptions can range from €1,000 to €30,000 for the first offense. If violations continue, these may increase even further.

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The new system takes effect immediately. Although it is clear that additional regulations are needed to regulate all details of the implementation. This includes, among other things, the procedures for the prescription of digital or electronic prescriptions within the National Health Interoperability System.

The impact on practice

The transition to electronic prescriptions promises a significant change in the daily practice of healthcare providers. This may require adjustments in infrastructure and training, especially in less developed areas where access to the necessary technology may be limited. With this step, Spain hopes to improve healthcare efficiency and create a safer and more accessible drug prescription system for both patients and healthcare providers.

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