Reminder: electronic signatures not acceptable

September 23, 2014

Acceptable

  • Prescriptions producted by computer and hand-signed by the prescriber or with an electronic signature that is then initialed by the prescriber and delivered by the patient are acceptable. However, it is your responsibility to ensure the prescription is authentic, just as you would for a prescription which is handwritten.
  • Prescriptions that are produced by a computer and hand-signed by the prescriber, or with an electronic signature and initialed by the prescriber, that are then faxed to the pharmacy.

NOT acceptable

  • Prescriptions emailed to you.
  • Prescriptions produced by computer but not signed by the prescriber, or one that has an electronic signature and is not initialed by the prescriber. There are insufficient security measures in place to ensure the validity of prescriptions sent electronically.

The college supports the concept of e-prescribing. However, until requirements for securing patient confidentiality, verifying authenticity, and preventing diversion are defined, e-prescribing is not acceptable.

Originally published in the September 23, 2014 issue of The Link


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