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Images for the PMP

The Patient Medication Profile (PMP) is a comprehensive summary of all regular medication taken by a patient, including prescription, over-the-counter and complementary medicines.

The PMP Program is provided through community pharmacies across Australia to facilitate the creation of PMP’s for patients with a recognised need for additional advice with their medications. It is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and administered by the Pharmacy Guild of Australia with the support of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.

The provision of a PMP service within the community setting is expected to reduce medication related hospitalisation and adverse events through improved medication understanding, management and adherence. Benefits for patients are expected to include improved quality of life and increased confidence and greater capacity to live within their own home. This is expected to have flow on benefits for the community, with a reduction in the demand on aged care facilities, as well as a reduction in health care costs from improved medication management and reduced adverse reactions.

The service is to be provided for patients with a recognised need for a Patient Medication Profile at an annual $5 fee, payable to the pharmacy providing the service. After the initial fee, updated profiles are provided as required at no additional charge to the patient for the remainder of the calendar year. This fee does not count toward the PBS Safety Net.

The PMPs subsidised under this program will include:

  • All current medications taken by the consumer at time of interview, including prescription, over-the-counter and complementary medicines
  • Medication details (generic names, brand name, strength and form; dose and frequency)
  • Alternative brands available
  • Additional information such as reason for use, special instructions or cautions
    and
  • A descriptor of the medication, such as a coloured image and/or written description

healthlinks.net is building a comprehensive drug image database to support the PMP program, and will also make it available for licensing for use in applications outside of the PMP Program. The images in the database will conform to the standards and specification developed by The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, following consumer testing. These standards have been endorsed by the Department of Health and Ageing. All images are presented in a consistent manner and include:

  • Images of front, back and side of the medication for the tablet and front and back for the capsule
  • Configuration for printing in actual size in the Patient Medication Profile
  • The unique drug identifier – AUST R or AUST L as applicable
  • Copyright statement and Pharmacy Guild of Australia logo

The image library is also structured in accordance with our high quality standards. This includes:

  • Version control and storage of images for immediate use and for long term archival purposes
  • Supplied to end users in a format, where the file size is suitable for storage, transfer and printing, without comprising the quality of the image
  • Display of images will be available to users in a variety of file formats (eg: web display vs printed material)
  • Initially distribution (including any updates) will be monthly to software vendors with the potential of building an online real time database
  • Quality assurance (QA) audits will be managed within the Secure Data Warehouse, applying the same management disciplines as to the CMI and PI
  • Currency of the database will be confirmed through our rigorous QA processes
  • Comprehensiveness of the database will be ensured. Throughout the duration of the PMP program pharmaceutical companies (Sponsors) are invited to submit their prescription medications for photographing and inclusion in the database at no charge

Please contact us to learn more about of Drug Image Database.

 

Current Initiatives


Mirixa

Images / PMP

ICIP grant