The Bulgarian Health Ministry has officially launched the first electronic prescription in the new EU member state of Bulgaria. The Ministry has officially launched the pilot system for the Bulgarian electronic health card (eCard).
The eCard initiative includes seven physicians, four pharmacies and 1,000 patients who are testing the eCard’s secure identification and authentication procedures, as well as the issuing and dispensing of electronic prescriptions. The eCard system introduces a secure communication and infrastructure system, which can be upgraded into exchange medical information using personal health records. Once the attending physician enters the diagnosis and medication, then system will automatically generate the electronic prescription. When the prescribed drug is given to the patient, the pharmacist certifies the dispensation of the medication by simply entering a PIN code. At the pharmacy, both the pharmacist’s and patient’s cards are inserted into a card reader. After this simple yet secure authentication procedure, the e-prescription is automatically opened.