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eRx Around World

E-prescribing initiatives exist around the world.  Here are references by country in alphabetical order.  This page is a work in progress.


In January 2010, Australia canceled its e-prescriber tender after nine months of deliberation. (see article)   The original tender was based on a 2008 KMG report,

Magrabi, F & Coiera, EW 2009, 'Quality of Prescribing Decision Support in Primary Care: Still a Work in Progress', The Medical Journal of Australia, Vol. 190, no. 5, pp. 227-8.

Sintchenko, V & Coiera, EW 2003, 'Which Clinical Decisions Benefit from Automation? A Task Complexity Approach', International Journal of Medical Informatics, Vol. 70, no. 2/3, p. 309.


Matthys, J, Elwyn, G, Van Nuland, M, Van Maele, G, De Sutter, A, De Meyere, M & Deveugele, M 2009, 'Patients' Ideas, Concerns, and Expectations (Ice) in General Practice: Impact on Prescribing', British Journal of General Practice, Vol. 59, no. 558, pp. 29-36.


Motulsky, A, Winslade, N, Tamblyn, R & Sicotte, C 2008, 'The Impact of Electronic Prescribing on the Professionalization of Community Pharmacists: A Qualitative Study of Pharmacists' Perception', Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 131-46.

Pearson, G, Yuksel, N, Card, D, Chin, T, Gray, M, Hawbold, J, Jackevicius, C, Slavik, R & Thompson, A 2002, 'An Information Paper on Pharmacist Prescribing within a Health Care Facility', The Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy, Vol. 55, no. 1.


Knudsen, P, Herborg, H, Mortensen, AR, Knudsen, M & Hellebek, A 2007, 'Preventing Medication Errors in Community Pharmacy: Frequency and Seriousness of Medication Errors', Quality and Safety in Health Care, Vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 291-6.


Salmivalli, L, Hypponen, H, Nykanen, P, Ruotsalainen, P & Pajukoski, M 2007, 'Testing a Theoretical Framework for Interdisciplinary It Evaluation: The Case of Finnish Electronic Prescription', International Journal of Healthcare Technology & Management, Vol. 8, no. 1/2, p. 3.

United Kingdom

The National Health Service (NHS) of the United Kingdom published a report in the summer of 2009 "Electronic prescribing in Hospitals - Challenges and lessons learned"

Schade, CP, Sullivan, FM, de Lusignan, S & Madeley, J 2006, 'E-Prescribing, Efficiency, Quality: Lessons from the Computerization of Uk Family Practice', Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, Vol. 13, no. 5, pp. 470-5.

Rogers, JE, Wroe, CJ, Roberts, A, Swallow, A, Stables, D, Cantrill, JA & Rector, AL 2003, 'Automated Quality Checks on Repeat Prescribing', British Journal of General Practice, Vol. 53, no. 496, pp. 838-44.

Tonna, AP, Stewart, D, West, B & McCaig, D 2007, 'Pharmacist Prescribing in the Uk - a Literature Review of Current Practice and Research', Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Vol. 32, no. 6, pp. 545-56.

McGrath, K, Hendy, J, Klecun, E & Young, T 2008, 'The Vision and Reality of ‘Connecting for Health’: Tensions, Opportunities, and Policy Implications of the Uk National Programme', The Communications of the Association for Information Systems, Vol. 23, no. Article 33.

Cushing, A & Metcalfe, R 2007, 'Optimizing Medicines Management: From Compliance to Concordance', Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management, Vol. 3, no. 6, pp. 1047-58.