Pharmaceutical wholesaler UniChem and retail partner Alliance Pharmacy are adopting a managed broadband network to enable them to roll-out the NHS’ Electronic Prescription Service (EPS).
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The system, provided by virtual network operator Sirocom, will serve around 1,000 Alliance Pharmacy stores and thousands of other UK independent pharmacies.
In partnership with Cegedim, a pharmacy IT supplier, Sirocom is providing a managed broadband roll-out and support service to run the new EPS-compliant system, which is designed to accelerate the prescription processing and reimbursement process.
Sirocom’s contract includes: a secure and resilient connection to N3, the NHS’ new national backbone network; all necessary hardware for the connection; installation and configuration; maintenance; and IT support and end-user training.
Anthony Roberts, IT director at UniChem, said, “We are offering our customers a one-stop IT solution which can be tailored to the individual needs of every pharmacy, taking away any hassle and confusion.”
In order to implement the system, pharmacists will need a compliant Patient Medical Record system, provided by Cegedim, and an N3 connection approved by Connecting for Health.
A virtual network operator is a networks and telecoms provider which builds a customer network using a variety of services from different third party providers, with the aim of providing greater flexibility at a lower cost to the customer.