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Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee

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New improved PharmOutcomes to be launched

PSNC and Health Information Exchange (HIE) are pleased to announce that they have reached agreement to work in partnership with Pinnacle Health LLP to develop a new improved PharmOutcomes platform.

This decision follows a review of PharmOutcomes (formerly PharmaBase) undertaken by HIE following feedback received from pharmacy contractors and their teams, Local Pharmaceutical Committees and service commissioners.

As now, the new PharmOutcomes will provide support for locally commissioned services. The new platform will go live in April 2013; until then the current platform and its helpdesk will operate as usual.

PSNC/HIE believe this partnership is the most appropriate way in which they can continue to seek to achieve the two main aims that were at the centre of the project from the very beginning:

  • to capture the evidence of community pharmacy’s benefit for patients; and
  • to ease the burden of record keeping, service management and financial tracking for services provided by community pharmacies.

In summary the new platform:

  • doesn’t require an LPC hypothecated levy;
  • allows for local tailoring of services but will also provide a national template for common services;
  • allows real-time performance management of services; and
  • remains ‘By Pharmacy, For Pharmacy’.

More information on the new PharmOutcomes platform

PSNC/HIE is currently exploring with Crimson, the current PharmOutcomes technology partner, to see if we can find ways to continue to support the recording of New Medicine Service provision beyond March next year. This would be on the basis of users of the NMS module (in the existing platform) paying to access the functionality. We do not yet know if the service will be re-commissioned by the NHS Commissioning Board, but we are doing all we can to see if we can help contractors if the service is re-commissioned.

Posted 28 November 2012

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