Real time reporting refers to the process by which pharmacies report dispensing information to ACT Health so that it can be viewed in DORA in real time.
Real time prescription monitoring refers to the process or system used by health professionals to monitor prescriptions dispensed for a person, in order to assist their clinical decision making or identify potential harms.
All ACT pharmacies are required to report supplies of all controlled medicines to ACT Health, in accordance with the Medicines, Poisons and Therapeutic Goods Act 2008.
All ACT pharmacies are currently required to manually submit this information to ACT Health each week via a web portal.
As of March 2019, ACT Health is working with the Australian Government to establish real time reporting for ACT pharmacies via the National Data Exchange (NDE), which forms part of the national Real Time Prescription Monitoring (RTPM) system.
This change will enable dispensing information to be viewable for health professionals in DORA in real time, immediately after a prescription is dispensed.
As a result of this change, ACT community pharmacies will no longer be required to submit weekly controlled medicines dispensing reports to ACT Health.
All ACT community pharmacies are currently able to report dispensing information to the NDE via their dispensing software.
As of March 2019, most hospital pharmacy systems are not able to report information to DORA in real time via the NDE. Hospital pharmacies that are unable to report in real time are still required to submit weekly electronic reports to ACT Health. The Australian Government is working to establish real time reporting via the NDE for hospital pharmacies. Further updates will be provided by ACT Health and the Australian Government when this occurs.
The ACT is planning to be the first Australian jurisdiction to integrate with the NDE. The ACT plans to adopt full national real time prescription monitoring functionality in the future after the initial ACT DORA rollout.