The Drug Information System allows authorized healthcare providers in hospital and in the community to access and share patient medication information. Through the system, health professionals in Nova Scotia - such as physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, pharmacists , optometrists, and midwives - will have more of your medication information available to them, which means improved safety and a better quality of care. Other benefits to you include:
A comprehensive overall profile of your medication information.
When you go to a pharmacy that is connected to the Drug Information System to fill a prescription, your prescription will automatically be added to your medication profile in the system. If you share medication-related information with your pharmacist or other healthcare providers that could be important for others to know when caring for you, it can also be added; examples of medication-related information include allergies, adverse reactions and medical conditions. A comprehensive medication profile means better quality of care for you.
Fewer adverse drug reactions.
More information in your medication profile means it is easier for your healthcare providers to identify potential issues with your medications - things like side effects called, “adverse drug reactions”. This means improved safety for you.
Detection of potential drug-to-drug interactions.
Because your pharmacy will have access to drug information from other pharmacies connected to the Drug Information System, they will be able to see if your new prescription may have a harmful reaction with a medication you are already taking. In addition prescribers of medication, such as your physician or your dentist, who use the Drug Information System to create prescriptions electronically (e-Prescribe) will also be made aware of potential harmful reactions. This means safer care for you.
Sharing of information between authorized healthcare providers.
The Drug Information System allows timely sharing of your medication information among authorized healthcare providers. Today, healthcare providers only have medication information about you that is contained in their system or files. With the Drug Information System they will have access to information provided by many healthcare providers. What this means, is in the future, for example, if you arrive at the Emergency Department unconscious or unable to remember all the medications you are taking, health professionals in the Emergency Department will have access to a more complete record of your medication information. This means better care for you.
Avoiding duplication of medications.
Your pharmacy and other healthcare providers will be able to tell if a new prescription is similar to a medication you are already receiving from a different pharmacy or another healthcare provider. This means improved safety for you.
When will the Drug Information System be in place?
The Drug Information System means improved patient safety and quality of care.