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Drug Information System - Education Materials

This site is intended to provide educational materials about the Drug Information System to the dispensary staff of pharmacies: pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy assistants.

Specific pharmacy system training for the Drug Information System will be provided by software vendors. This education will supplement, not replace, the software training.

 

E-learning modules

The main component of education about the Drug Information System for dispensary staff is provided through four e-learning modules that are easily accessed online.

These e-learning modules may be completed at your own pace and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All modules are self-contained and each will take approximately 20 -30 minutes to complete. The modules are designed to be completed sequentially but can be accessed and completed in any order.

The e-learning modules are published using Articulate. Each module has voice recorded content and is meant to be listened to as well as watched / interacted with. For those who do not have access to speakers or a computer that supports the interactivity, each module is also available in a printable pdf format.   

 

Pharmacist CEUs

For pharmacists, this program has been accredited for 2 CEUs by Continuing Pharmacy Education, College of Pharmacy, Dalhousie University.  File number CED-2016-293 should be recorded in the pharmacist's Professional Development Record (PDR).

Before you start...

You may want to check the instructions for using the e-learning module software (Articulate).

Module 1: Introduction to the Nova Scotia Drug Information System

  • The Drug Information System as a component of the Nova Scotia Electronic Health Record System
  • Benefits, functions and users of the Drug Information System
  • Involvement of pharmacy professionals in development of Drug Information System
  • Integration of the Drug Information System with the Nova Scotia Prescription Monitoring Program

Take module 1: Introduction to the Nova Scotia Drug Information System

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Module 2: Privacy and Confidentiality

  • Introduction to the Personal Health Information Act (PHIA)
  • Definitions of terms found in PHIA (personal health information, custodians, agents and healthcare)
  • Consent requirements for the collection, use and disclosure of information in the Drug Information System
  • Masking and accessing masking personal health information
  • Patient requests regarding records

Take module 2: Privacy and Confidentiality

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Module 3: Client and Provider Registries

  • Functions of the Client and Provider Registries
  • Best practices when accessing and searching the Client Registry
  • Possible patient safety issues if there are multiple records or if select wrong record in Client Registry
  • Types of data in Provider Registry
  • Function of Default Provider option in Provider Registry

Take module 3: Client and Provider Registries

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Module 4: Functions of the Drug Information System

  • Importance of entering complete and accurate data in Drug Information System
  • Requirements for processing prescription orders and dispenses
  • Distinguish between allergies, intolerances and adverse reactions
  • Types of information recorded in the Drug Information System related to other medications, immunizations and patient notes

Take module 4: Functions of the Drug Information System

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Evaluation of e-learning

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Additional resources

In addition to the modules there are also resource documents which you can easily access:  

These documents are available electronically on this website and can also be printed. Any revisions to the documents will be posted on this website.

Webinar for Pharmacists

Privacy and the Electronic Health Record December 16, 2015 http://ilores.ca/aca/phar/cpe/2015-12-16/

For pharmacists, this program has been accredited for 1 CEU by Continuing Pharmacy Education, College of Pharmacy, Dalhousie University. File number CED-2015-395 should be recorded in the pharmacist's Professional Development Record (PDR).