Japan to pilot electronic medicine pads

Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is launching a pilot project to promote the adoption of electronic medication diary apps in pharmacies across the country.

The project will involve around 600 customers from around 40 pharmacies across the country who will be asked to record their consumption of over-the-counter medications, how they receive advice from pharmacists, and how they use an electronic medication record to verify information about their medications.

Based on a press release, eight pharmacy groups will join the pilot project from October to December, including Atago Dispensing Pharmacy, Ueda Pharmacist Association, Welcia Pharmacy, Airy Pharmacy, Godai, Shiga Pharmacists Association, Sugi Pharmacy and Minori Pharmacy .

The electronic medication books will be provided by four companies: Kusurino Madoguchi, harmo, Falmo and MedPeer.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT

The MHLW pilot aims to promote the use of electronic medication books in the country by demonstrating its benefits and how it can be used effectively by consumers, pharmacies and other healthcare institutions. It is claimed that this technology will help reduce the risk of drug duplication by providing easy access to over-the-counter drug information.

In a separate statement, CMIC Holdings, owner of harmo, said using an electronic medicine book also allows pharmacies to manage information on a central platform by integrating with other medical apps. health.

The results of the pilot project will be used to develop a guideline on the use of electronic medication records. The government aims to publish a report on this pilot project by the end of the year.

THE WIDER CONTEXT

The MHLW has introduced mechanisms and features that allow consumers, pharmacies, and healthcare providers to easily access drug information. This includes functionality on Mynaportal, Japan’s online service portal, to check drug information and electronic prescription system project which will begin next year.

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