The ETool is an online platform which allows pharmacists to conduct a guided travel health consultation with patients at the pharmacy.
The ETool can safely recommend vaccines and medicines for certain conditions as it has been programmed to filter out ineligible patients based on medical details they provide. The ETool automatically updates itself with the most current travel health information available.
To use the system a pharmacist will have to create a user account and then, to conduct a consultation the details of a patient’s planned itinerary and medical history need to be uploaded onto the system and a list of diseases and travel health risks will be generated.
The trained pharmacist then explains the risks in more detail and the various protection options available, before the patient decides which vaccines/medication they want.
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Health care professionals would have to complete the following steps before they would be eligible to use the ETool:
ETool Consultation Scenarios
The ETool comes with an accompanying set of Patient Group Directions (PGDs) which provide the authority to dispense medication and administer vaccines as and when appropriate and only once the patient has given their consent (by signing a form or entering their account password). The pharmacist has to record the details of the administered vaccines within their account. The ETool sends both pharmacists and patients reminders of the next scheduled vaccine dose.
The ETool can only be used by health care professionals with a valid registration number and the clinic has to be run out of premises registered with a recognised regulatory body (GPhC, PSNI, or CQC). As this is a digital service it is reliant upon health care professional having access to a computer and the internet. It has been designed to ensure it is compatible with as many devices and web browsers as possible. Any patient under 18 must have their account attached to a parent or guardian and that parent or guardian must be present to provide consent on behalf of the dependant.