It will be possible to extend medicine prescriptions remotely
The Minister of Health Aurelijus Veryga has signed an order whereby the healthcare facilities providing family medicine services are enabled to remotely extend medicine prescriptions for the patients. This new mechanism will also enable prescription of repeated tests and examinations for the patients on a remote basis. This novelty will come into force from the 1st day of September.
According to the Minister A. Veryga, this is an important step in an attempt to reduce long queues in healthcare facilities. The patients suffering from chronic diseases and taking certain medicines on a permanent basis will no longer need to go to the healthcare facility each time they will need to extend a medicine prescription. This will save the time spent by both patients and physicians.
"The permission has already been given at the beginning of this year to prescribe the patients with medical aids remotely, and since now the physicians also will be able to extend medicine prescriptions on a remote basis. In cases where the patient's condition will be stable, it will be possible to prescribe remotely repeated tests and examinations for the patient, also to explain to the patient or his representative the results of the tests and examinations performed and to adjust treatment on their basis", - says the Minister A. Veryga.
It will be possible to provide only continuous services to the patients remotely. If the treatment case is new, in order to be provided with healthcare services the patients will be required, as has been the case until now, to arrive to a healthcare facility. It also will be possible to prescribe remotely only the medicines for continuous treatment. The patient who require a medicine to be prescribed for the first time will be required to arrive to a healthcare facility. In cases where the patient will seek medical advice regarding the complaints that cannot be solved remotely, such the patient will be registered for medical advice as usually. The patient who has received a remote healthcare service will be obliged to arrive next time for the same reason to the healthcare facility.
This novelty will come into force from the 1st day of September. Thus, healthcare facilities have adequate time to prepare and establish appropriate internal procedures under which they will provide services on a remote basis. When providing remote services healthcare facilities will have to ensure patient data protection and establish the procedures for patient identification.
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