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Pharmacists and Sunrise EMR & PAS

SA Health is expanding the implementation of its patient electronic medical record system (EMR) to more locations in metropolitan and regional South Australia.

The electronic medical record system used in South Australia is called Sunrise EMR and PAS. It has been implemented across the state’s public health system – view the list of locations.

In addition to improving clinical and administrative processes, Sunrise brings improvements to medication management through electronically generated prescriptions.

As a pharmacist working the community, it is possible you may be presented with these prescriptions for dispensing by customers who have attended an SA Health facility where the system is used.

Key points

Key points for pharmacists regarding SA Health's electronic medical record:

  • Dosing instructions on the Sunrise-generated prescription may appear in an unfamiliar format in some instances – download the Prescription information: Community pharmacists (PDF 754KB) fact sheet to view an example.
  • Whilst the prescription is generated electronically, each prescription must also include the prescriber’s handwritten signature as shown on the example below.
  • The EMR generates both printed PBS and non-PBS prescriptions.
  • The prescriptions are approved by Medicare and can be dispensed at community pharmacies.
  • Sunrise EMR keeps patient medical information private and secure and it is not possible to opt out – view information for patients, families and community.
  • This state-based system is different to My Health Record, however, they do overlap in some instances – view information for GPs if you want to learn more.

If you are uncertain about any information printed on Sunrise-generated prescription presented for dispensing, please contact the SA Health hospital or healthcare provider where the prescription was generated and speak to the prescriber. If this is not possible, please contact the hospital’s Pharmacy Department directly.

Further information

Further information about Sunrise EMR can also be found on the SA Health’s website at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/sunrise or email HealthEMR@sa.gov.au.

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