In the spring of 2015, technical specifications for the Drug Information System were completed and made available to the provincially approved and Canada Health Infoway accredited Electronic Medical Record (EMR) software vendors. In Nova Scotia, these EMRs include Nightingale, Practimax and Accuro EMR (QHR). All three vendors have received the technical specifications and have participated in Information Sessions with the Department of Health and Wellness.
Software vendors will be required to make modifications to their software to meet the technical specifications established by the province for physicians to access the Drug Information System through their EMR. The timing of when physicians will have access to the Drug Information System through their EMR will depend on the timing of the modifications of their EMR vendor’s software.
Once an EMR is connected to the Drug Information System, users will have access to their patients’ medication profiles in the system. Depending on their clinical role, they will be able to add information, update existing information and create prescriptions electronically (e-Prescribe) directly through the EMR.
Additional information will be provided as more details become available.
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The Drug Information System means improved patient safety and quality of care.