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Interprofessional Education about e-Prescribing and e-Medication Reconciliation

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21 November 2018

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The Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) and the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC) have been working in partnership with Canada Health Infoway to increase educational content on digital health solutions in nursing and pharmacy programs. In the past year, CASN has focused on developing resources to support nurse educators about e-prescribing. Nurses are critical to the successful implementation of e-prescribing in Canada: Nurse Practitioners are authorized prescribers of medications and treatments, including controlled drugs and substances; and, Registered Nurses are responsible for patient education when an e-prescribing platform is used within in an interdisciplinary context. AFPC is levering experience from previous pharmacy education projects about digital health to assist nursing and medicine educators. One initiative is focused on safer medication practices by adapting sections of the AFPC e-resource “informatics for pharmacy students” for use in medical, nursing and pharmacy education. Two new interdisciplinary e-resource chapters on e-medication reconciliation and e-prescribing (highlighting PrescribeIT) have been developed. The second initiative is to assess educator needs for an academic electronic health record solution (aEHR). Both initiatives require consultation with nursing, medicine and pharmacy educators. Presenters will share project process, outputs to date, and previews of ongoing work.

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