Zedmed Compliance with Real-Time Prescription Monitoring Programs (NDE)

29 October, 2020
SafeScript

The National Data Exchange (NDE) is a commonwealth government initiative to allow Australian state and territory jurisdictions to provide real-time prescription monitoring for their clinicians. The NDE ingests and distribute prescribing and dispensing information from all states and territories to prevent cross-border drug shopping abuses.

The NDE is referred to by different names in different states. In Victoria, it is called SafeScript and has been in legislated operation since early 2020. In SA, it is called ScriptCheckSA and will be mandatory from early 2021.

Since the release of Version 31, Zedmed has been compliant with all NDE programs requirements. 

Important Information for South Australian Zedmed Practices

The rollout of SafeScript in Victoria has proven successful, and South Australia is now seeing changes being made to The Controlled Substances (Poisons) Regulation Act 2011 in order to get practices ready for ScriptCheckSA's introduction in 2021. A letter was sent by the Department of Health and Wellbeing to SA practices in early October outlining updated requirements.

In order for South Australian Practices using Zedmed to be compliant with these requirements, they need to:

  1. Be using Zedmed V31 or above.
  2. Be connected to one of the prescription exchanges (eRx or Medisecure).

At this stage that's all. If you choose not to be connected to a prescription exchange, it will lead to some manual reporting requirements.

For more information on ScriptCheckSA, please visit this link.

For all other states, as we get more information about the rollout of each state's NDE program we'll keep you informed. But fundamentally, if you are on Version 31 of Zedmed or higher, you will be compliant with requirements. 

If you need assistance, our support team are available on 1300 933 000 Monday to Friday from 8:00am-8:00pm AEDT and
Saturday from 9:00am-1:00pm AEDT.