New 'My Medicines' app takes the paper out of prescriptions

New 'My Medicines' app takes the paper out of prescriptions
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The National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (Inami) has launched the "My Medicines" application to make medical prescriptions easier to issue and be used.

The app will allow patients to easily view all their medical prescriptions and order them in their pharmacy. "The goal is to provide a handy way to prescribe medications without the need for paper," a statement released by the institute said.

The application removes the need for a paper version of an electronic prescription to collect medication from a pharmacy and offers several other facilities to manage prescriptions and collect medications.

Users can securely consult their prescriptions in the application via the itsme digital identifier programme. "At the pharmacy, all you have to do is show the prescription on the smartphone screen, in the app," Inami continued in its statement. "The pharmacist will scan the barcode and be able to locate and distribute the medication easily and quickly."

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It is of course still possible to withdraw a medicine in a pharmacy by presenting your electronic identity card (eID). And if the person prefers to present proof of their prescription on paper, this also remains possible.

MyMedicines also allows users to order medication with the pharmacist of their choice. The patient can also create a list of medications they need to get before going to the pharmacy among the available prescriptions.

Finally, for each prescribed drug, the user can determine whether they want to make it visible or not to the pharmacist. "This provides a guarantee of discretion and respect for privacy," concluded Inami.

Inami is a federal public body under the authority of the Belgian federal minister of Social Affairs and Public Health. It is responsible for administering the country's compulsory national schemes for health insurance and disability benefits and manages a compensation fund for medical accidents.

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