Estimated cost of e-prescription system project amounts to 5.335 million dinars

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Systems vary in price based on technical specifications

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 15: Minister of Health, Dr. Ahmed Al-Awadi, revealed that the estimated cost of designing, supplying, and implementing the electronic prescription system amounts to 5.335 million dinars, saying such systems vary in price based on the technical specifications of each system and the brand, and this is what the special technical study has shown, reports Al-Rai daily. In response to a parliamentary question by MP Abdulaziz Al-Saqabi, Al-Awadi said, “the calculation of the estimated value of the project was made through technical offers from different companies, and the cost was calculated in the aforementioned amount, based on the ministry’s needs.”

He pointed out that one of the most important reasons for postponing and delaying the electronic prescription project and its application, “Wasfa”, is the Covid- 19 pandemic that the world went faced and the length of routine protocol procedures in issuing and awarding tenders, as the procedures for offering them began on April 27, 2020, and that the electronic prescription tender documents are available with the Central Agency for Public Tenders.

The five features of the electronic prescription system include preventing wastage and wrong dispensing of medicines, reducing waste of public money, ensuring the safety of patients by linking it with the regulatory authorities, a unified system for editing and dispensing prescriptions and managing medicine stocks in hospitals and health centers.

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