New rules for electronic prescriptions to support virtual care in the community during COVID-19

The Ministry of Health have introduced the following new rules to make it easier for you to provide electronic prescriptions to support virtual care.

This is especially important during this Covid-19 epidemic when exchanging paper prescriptions between prescriber, patient and pharmacy is burdensome, challenging and unsafe.

Some of the rules apply to systems that are integrated to the New Zealand Electronic Prescription Service (NZePS). Others are temporary and will expire when the Covid-19 alert levels are lowered.