GPs to access patient’s prescription histories

Along with detailed information on doses and types of drugs a patient has been prescribed, they’ll receive alerts if there’s evidence of drug dependency, a conference has heard.

The real time reporting software, called DORA, is already being piloted successfully in Tasmania at five general practices, Dr Adrian Reynolds, clinical director of Tasmania’s Drug and Alcohol Services, told attendees at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists congress in Hobart yesterday.

The software, which will have the capacity to be integrated with existing medical software programs, has been licensed to the Commonwealth, which will fund a rollout to all prescribers from July.

The software includes a ‘hover’ function to hide sensitive information should a patient look over your shoulder, the conference heard. And while a patient’s entire history is available, the name of the prescribing doctor will be