Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Funky mini-CD to aid prescribing


Funky mini-CD to aid prescribing

Prescribers will have easier access to information on subsidised medicines in the form of a new electronic version of the Pharmaceutical Schedule, which has been launched by PHARMAC.

The Schedule, the list of all pharmaceuticals and therapeutic devices subsidised by the Government, is available in printed form, produced three times a year and updated monthly, and electronic versions are already incorporated into some prescriber computer systems.

The new i-CD Schedule combines easy to the Schedule with links to Medsafe data sheets, information on prescribing trends and electronic forms for all products listed under Special Authority.

And all this is crammed onto a funky credit card-sized mini-CD.

“Prescribers already use a range of technologies to access information on the products that are available,” says PHARMAC Medical Director Peter Moodie.

“However, this new i-CD responds to a need for the list of subsidised drugs to be combined with prescribing information and relevant data. The i-CD Schedule is designed as a resource to give doctors information on what subsidised drugs are available, what other products there are in the same therapeutic group, and detailed information on the drugs.”

“Having electronic versions of all Special Authority forms means prescribers can be sure they always have these forms on hand.”

The i-CD is designed for easy use in most desktop computers, and is compatible with all computers using Microsoft Windows software.

Other features include a full search facility, the ability for users to customise the software, statistics showing trends in prescribing and expenditure in each therapeutic group, and links to Medsafe data sheets on all subsidised drugs.

Peter Moodie says doctors have already responded positively to the i-CD ahead of its launch at the Royal NZ College of General Practitioners conference in Rotorua today.

“We have been encouraged by the positive responses we have had when presenting this concept to doctors throughout New Zealand,” Dr Moodie says.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Another Reason To Loathe HR Departments (And On The Teachers Strike)

This morning’s news item about Police emergency call centre staff turning up for work while they’re sick – because they’re afraid their sick leave statistics will be used against them, and their jobs put in jeopardy – is not an isolated case...

Obviously, sick people shouldn’t be being treated by doctors and nurses who are themselves sick and potentially infectious. Similarly, Police emergency calls also need to be fielded by people who’re feeling alert, and on top of their game. More>>

 
 

MPs' Computers To Be Searched: Inquiry Into Leak On Simon Bridges' Expenses

An inquiry has been launched to find out who leaked the National Party's expenses to the media... Parliament's speaker, Trevor Mallard, said a Queen's Counsel would lead the inquiry with the help of an employment lawyer and also someone with forensic IT skills. More>>

ALSO:

Teachers Strike: Nationwide Rallies And Marches

Teachers and principals voted for a full day strike to be held on 15 August to send a strong message to the Government that the current collective agreement offers from the Ministry of Education would not fix the crisis in teaching. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: City Council Ends Its Support For Jackson’s Movie Museum

The Wellington City Council and the Movie Museum Limited have today announced a mutually-agreed parting of the ways for a joint project between the Council’s Convention Centre and TMML’s Movie Museum... Both parties remain optimistic for the future of their respective projects. More>>

Pay Equity: Historic Settlement For Education Support Workers

The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) and the Ministry of Education today signed Terms of Settlement to address a pay equity claim for 329 support workers who work with very young children in early childhood and primary schools. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Stereotypes About Jacinda Ardern

Routinely, female politicians get depicted as either show ponies or battle axes, with little room for anything else in between. .. More>>

Weekend Interviews: "Discriminatory And Racist" Aussie Deportations

The former president of Australia’s Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs says deportations have risen dramatically in Australia since 2014 when ministers and ministerial delegates were given the power to cancel visas - and half of those being deported are New Zealanders. "These are massive numbers, actually escalating dramatically."... More>>

ALSO:

Legal Challenge: Prisoner Has 9 Boxes Of Documents Seized

Human rights organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa says a prisoner they advocate for has had 9 boxes of legal documents seized from him just days before his case against the Department of Corrections was to be heard. More>>

Single-Use Plastic Bags: Govt To Phase Them Out

Single-use plastic shopping bags will be phased out over the next year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages