Boots is using technology from Quicksilva Software Solutions to enable it to meet the requirements of current and future releases of the NHS Electronic Prescriptions Service (EPS).
Quicksilva is providing both consultancy services and its integration tool, Spinal Tap, to enable Boots to exchange electronic prescriptions with the NHS data store, known as the NHS Care Record Service Spine.
The Electronic Transfer of Prescriptions (ETP) programme will reduce the need for patients to visit their GP surgery to collect a prescription - saving time for both patients and GP surgery staff.
In addition, accuracy and safety is promised as prescription information will not need to be typed in by both the GP and again by the pharmacist.
Boots business systems manager for healthcare, Dave Bottomley, said, "The compliance requirements (for electronic transmission of prescriptions) require a significant investment of time and expertise.
“By working with Quicksilva, much of this complexity has been taken out of our hands. This has allowed us to concentrate on delivering improvements to our systems to help our pharmacists, and to support our commitment to patient care.”
Quicksilva's Spinal Tap handles the complexity of the system integration required to enable the electronic transmission of prescriptions. It will convert data held within Boots’ IT systems into the HL7 message format, which is required to communicate with the NHS Spine.
The integration tool will be managed in a central location within Boots' datacentre.