Before December 1, 2022, hospitals and clinics must prescribe electronic medicines

According to Circular 27/2021/TT-BYT , medical examination and treatment facilities must make prescriptions electronically before December 1, 2022.'

Before December 1, 2022, hospitals and clinics must prescribe electronic medicines

Before December 1, 2022, hospitals and clinics must prescribe electronic drugs (Artwork)

Specifically, Article 6 of Circular 27/2021 stipulates that medical examination and treatment facilities must make prescriptions electronically according to the following route:

- For hospitals of grade 3 or higher, they must be completed before June 30, 2022 ;

- For other medical examination and treatment establishments, it must be completed before December 1, 2022 .

Thus, according to this regulation, hospitals and clinics must make electronic prescriptions before December 1, 2021, for hospitals of class 3 or higher, they must complete them before June 30, 2022. .

Circular 27/2021 stipulates that electronic prescriptions are made, displayed, digitally signed, shared and stored electronically, meeting the same legal requirements as paper prescriptions.

Accordingly, the electronic prescribing of drugs is done as follows:

*For outpatients:

- In case of prescription of pharmaceutical chemicals, biological products in outpatient treatment:

Comply with the provisions of Circular 52/2017/TT-BYT and Circular 18/2018/TT-BYT stipulating prescriptions and prescribing of pharmaceutical chemicals, biological products in outpatient treatment;

- In case of prescription of traditional drugs, herbal drugs and prescription of combination of traditional drugs, herbal drugs with pharmaceutical chemicals:

Comply with the provisions of Circular 44/2018/TT-BYT on prescription of traditional drugs, herbal drugs and prescription of combination of traditional drugs, herbal drugs with pharmaceutical chemicals.

*For inpatients discharged from the hospital:

- In case of prescription in the notes section of the discharge paper:

Comply with the provisions in Appendix 3 of Circular 56/2017/TT-BYT .

- In case of prescription according to the outpatient application form: follow the same regulations as for outpatients.

All drugs used by the patient must be compiled into the National Prescription System

In Clause 5, Article 4 of Circular 27/2021 , responsibilities of medical examination and treatment establishments are clearly defined as follows:

- Ensure information technology infrastructure meets technical criteria as prescribed by the Minister of Health;

- Submit electronic prescriptions to the National Prescription System according to the regulations of the Minister of Health right after the completion of the medical examination and treatment process for outpatients and before the patient is discharged from the hospital for non-patients. inpatient illness;

- Send electronic prescriptions or electronic prescription codes to the patient or the patient's representative via electronic means according to the guidance of the Ministry of Health;

- Summarize all drugs used by the patient during inpatient treatment and submit it to the National Prescription System before the patient is discharged from the hospital .

- Store electronic prescriptions like the storage time of paper prescriptions according to regulations of the Ministry of Health.

In addition, the Department of Medical Examination and Treatment is responsible for presiding over and coordinating with the Information Technology Department and related units to develop regulations on management of the National Information System on management of drug prescriptions and sales. prescription drugs (National Prescription System); decentralize administration to relevant units and localities.

At the same time, manage and operate the National Prescription System; grant identification of medical examination and treatment establishments and practitioner codes to subjects under their management through the National Prescription System.

The Drug Administration of Vietnam is responsible for ensuring the connection between the National Drug Database System and the National Prescription System; direct and guide drug retailers and pharmacy practitioners to implement.

Note: Drug retailers are responsible for receiving electronic prescriptions and sending reports on the supply and sale of prescription drugs as prescribed in Circular 27/2021 .

Circular 27/2021/TT-BYT takes effect from February 15, 2022.

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