Authorized healthcare providers in hospital and in the community may access patient medication profiles through either the Drug Information System Portal or the SHARE Clinical Portal.
The Drug Information System Portal is used primarily by prescribers. The Portal allows these users to see medication profiles in the system, to add information to or update existing information in patient profiles, and to create prescription electronically, or e-prescribe.
The SHARE Clinical Portal is a view-only portal. It allows users, through the Community Med Profile tab, to see their patients’ medication profiles – this portal cannot be used to add or update information and e-prescribe.
Access in hospitals is determined by management at the IWK and in each Zone within the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Users in hospital should speak with their managers about getting access to the Drug Information System.
A Private Healthcare Organization is a private sector corporation, association, partnership or person that provides healthcare services in the Province of Nova Scotia. A Private Healthcare Organization may receive public funding for its healthcare providers or services, for example, through physician fees. It does not include public sector healthcare organizations, such as the Department of Health and Wellness (DHW), the Nova Scotia Health Authority or the IWK Health Centre. Private Healthcare Organizations requesting access to the Drug Information System are required to enter into a legal agreement with the Department of Health and Wellness that outlines the responsibilities of both parties.
The Drug Information System is accessible to Private Healthcare Organizations, including provider-based clinics. Prescribers include physicians, nurse practitioners, dentists, dental hygienists, optometrists, and midwives. Staff in these clinics can access the system through either the Drug Information System Portal or the SHARE Clinical Portal; user access is coordinated by organization management.
The following documents and forms will guide Private Healthcare Organizations through the steps required to obtain access and support the information requirements of the Department of Health and Wellness.
The ‘Nova Scotia Drug Information – Private Healthcare Organization Toolkit’ will guide the organization through the process of obtaining access to the Drug Information System. It describes the step-by-step process to be followed, highlights supporting documents and the forms to be completed, and provides additional information about the Drug Information System, SHARE, and the training users will need to complete.
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Private Health Care Organization (PHCO) Checklist
The following documents are referenced and described in the Checklist. They are provided to support Private Healthcare Organizations through the access process and users as they begin to use the portals.
The following forms are referenced and described in the Checklist. These forms must be completed and returned to finalize the access process.
These documents and forms will guide Private Healthcare Organizations through the steps required to obtain access to the Drug Information System.