The Drug Information System will contain a more comprehensive medication profile for you as more pharmacies connect to the system and other authorized healthcare providers begin to access it and contribute information to your profile.
The Province of Nova Scotia is phasing the Drug Information System in over the next few years:
Phase 1 – Fall 2013: Community pharmacies began connecting to the Drug Information System in the fall of 2013, accessing it through their pharmacy system. All community pharmacies in Nova Scotia are now connected to the Drug Information System.
Phase 2 – Summer 2015: Other authorized healthcare providers in the community and in hospital like physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, dentists and optometrists began using the Drug Information System in summer 2015. Depending on their role, these healthcare professionals access the system through either the Drug Information System Portal or the SHARE Clinical Portal.
Phase 3 – Spring 2015: 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. Software vendors will be required to make modifications to their software 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. The provincially approved and Canada Health Infoway accredited EMR vendors include Nightingale, Practimax and QHR.
How it Works
Find out how the Drug Information System works.
In the fall of 2013, community pharmacies began connecting to the Drug Information System. Authorized healthcare providers in hospital and community will have access to the system in summer 2015. In the spring of 2015, the system became ready for provincially approved EMRs vendors to begin their software modifications.