Six provinces, 20 community pharmacy companies onboard with PrescribeITTM
October 19, 2017 (Toronto) – PrescribeITTM, Canada’s national e-prescribing service, is continuing to demonstrate momentum with the addition of even more community pharmacy companies in the six provinces with whom PrescribeITTM has reached agreements (Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador) since its recent announcement at the end of August.
PrescribeITTM is now working with 20 community pharmacy companies, with local, regional and national reach, representing more than 3,300 pharmacies in the six provinces. In addition to the support from community pharmacists, more than 900 physicians, on behalf of their 718,000 patients, have expressed interest in the service.
In August 2017, PrescribeITTM went live in Huntsville, Ontario with Remedy’sRx Muskoka Medical Centre Pharmacy and two doctors with the Algonquin Family Health Team. This was quickly followed by two pharmacy locations and two doctors in Kingston, Ontario (Frontenac Medical Clinic & Associates and Frontenac Medical Pharmacy/Lovell Drugs). Another site will be launching soon in the Niagara Region of Ontario.
“The continued roll-out and strong response from prescribers and pharmacists and the obvious patient safety benefits of the service, reinforce the need, and desire for a national e-prescribing service – and that’s what we’re doing with PrescribeITTM,” said Michael Green, President and CEO, Canada Health Infoway. “With the most recent launches, and more happening soon, I am excited to see how PrescribeITTM is changing the face of health care in Canada.”
Prescribers and pharmacists interested in implementing PrescribeITTM and in helping plan its deployment can complete a brief survey. To learn more about the service, please visit our website at www.PrescribeIT.ca.
Canada Health Infoway is working with Health Canada, the provinces and territories, and industry stakeholders to develop, operate and maintain the national e-prescribing service known as PrescribeITTM. PrescribeITTM will serve all Canadians, pharmacies and prescribers and provide safer and more effective medication management by enabling prescribers to transmit a prescription electronically between a prescriber’s electronic medical record (EMR) and the pharmacy management system (PMS) of a patient’s pharmacy of choice. PrescribeITTM will also help improve patient safety, reducing harm and costs associated with opioid misuse, while also protecting Canadians’ personal health information from being sold or used for commercial activities.
About Canada Health Infoway
Infoway helps to improve the health of Canadians by working with partners to accelerate the development, adoption and effective use of digital health across Canada. Through our investments, we help deliver better quality and access to care and more efficient delivery of health services for patients and clinicians. Infoway is an independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the federal government.
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