Medicines safety

Electronic prescribing

Last revised: 26 Jun 2023

Electronic prescribing

Electronic prescribing allows for the prescribing and dispensing of medicines without the need for a paper prescription, which contributes to improved medicines safety.

Electronic prescribing can:

  • improve patient safety by reducing the risk of transcription errors when prescribing and dispensing
  • provide real time advice regarding potential drug interactions, allergies and adverse reactions
  • support more accurate drug reconciliation
  • reduce prescription misuse by making more data available for real-time monitoring
  • reduce unnecessary paperwork, improving practitioner efficiency
  • provide greater patient choice and support convenience of Telehealth

The RACGP has developed a range of resources to support general practices connect to electronic prescribing that can be accessed here.


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