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Working Together

PrescribeIT® is working with a number of retail pharmacies, and electronic medical record (EMR) and pharmacy management system (PMS) vendors.

EMR and PMS Vendors

ABELSoft
EMR Advantage Software
Fillware
Indivica
InputHealth
Intranhealth
Kai Innovations
Kroll
Med Access EMR
Microquest
P&P Data Systems
Pharmacy Techonology Solutions
PS Suite EMR
Quick Rx Pharmacy Software
Wolf EMR

Retail Pharmacies

Guardian
IDA
Lawtons Drugs
London Drugs
Lovell Drugs
Overwaitea Food Group
Pharmasave
Pharmaviva Pharmacy
Remedys Rx
Rexall
Safeway
Save on Foods Pharmacy
Sobeys
The Medicine Shoppe
Thrifty Foods Pharmacy
United Pharma Group
Whole Health Pharmacy Partners

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Patient Choice

Patient choice is a key component of PrescribeIT®. Prescriptions are automatically delivered to the patient’s preferred pharmacy.

If the patient is unsure where they will have their prescription filled, a prescription will be created in PrescribeIT®, but not transmitted to a specific pharmacy. Instead, a copy of the prescription will be held in PrescribeIT® and a paper prescription, that also features a bar code, will be signed or e-signed and provided to the patient. This is the authoritative copy of the prescription. The non-authoritative copy of the prescription that was created in PrescribeIT® can be accessed by a PrescribeIT® enabled pharmacy by scanning or entering the bar code, allowing the pharmacy to retrieve the prescription information and avoid potential errors.

PrescribeIT® also supports back-up capabilities to deliver prescriptions by fax if a prescription cannot be delivered digitally. Prescription delivery is guaranteed.

More e-Prescribing Features Important to Patients

  • Neither the prescription nor the service cost anything extra
  • Allows prescription to be filled ahead of time, ready for pick-up
  • Safeguards prescription data from commercial use
  • Secure messaging between prescribers and pharmacists improves the patient experience and increases patient safety

Consultation on the Opportunity for PrescribeIT to Support Evidence-Based Prescribing of Opioids at the Point of Care

Current Status: Closed

The PrescribeIT® Opioid Working Group, comprised of patient and family advisors, physicians, pharmacists, nurses, regulators, policy leaders and subject matter experts from across the country came together in 2018 with the mandate to build recommendations on how PrescribeIT® can aid in addressing the opioid crisis

One of the Opportunities for Action that was identified for potential future development is the ability of PrescribeIT® to provide evidence-based information to physicians (or other authorized prescribers) as they write opioid prescriptions from within their clinical systems (i.e. electronic medical records).

This information could assist prescribers to write prescriptions that allow patients to benefit from the pain relief provided by opioids, while minimizing the potential for opioid-related harms.

To advance this work the Opioid Working Group reviewed clinical guidelines and recommendations to support opioid prescribing practices. From that, the Working Group identified several areas where PrescribeIT® could present information at the point-of-prescribing to support evidence-based prescribing of opioids. 

What is the Consultation About?

Based on this work, the Opioid Working Group narrowed the opportunities to a list of high priority opioid information and guidelines that could be presented to prescribers at the time of prescribing, directly from within the electronic medical record.

Through this consultation exercise, we are seeking stakeholder views to better understand:

  • The greatest opportunities for affecting change in opioid prescribing; and
  • The potential usefulness of this information for prescribers

Who is the Focus for this Consultation?

Everyone is welcome to participate. However, we are particularly interested in hearing from Canadians with opioid-lived experience, as well as physicians and other prescribers of opioids.

What is e-Prescribing?

e-Prescribing is the secure electronic creation and transmission of a prescription between an authorized prescriber and a patient’s pharmacy of choice, using clinical Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and pharmacy management software.

– Canadian Medical Association and Canadian Pharmacist’s Association, Joint e-Prescribing Statement (2012)

PrescribeIT® integrates seamlessly into electronic medical records (EMR) and pharmacy management systems (PMS), enabling prescribers to digitally transmit prescriptions to pharmacies. Transmission is secure, private, and directed to the patient’s pharmacy of choice.

No more dropped faxes, illegible handwriting, or missed phone calls.

In addition, PrescribeIT® is the only national, not-for-profit e-prescribing service that enhances medication safety and protects patient privacy.

Evolution of prescribing

Handwritten Prescriptions

Handwritten Prescriptions

Prescriptions are written by hand onto paper and delivered to the pharmacy by the patient. Handwritten prescriptions are prone to transcription errors, loss, and forgery.

Printed/Faxed/Emailed Prescriptions

Printed/Faxed/Emailed Prescriptions

Rather than relying on physical delivery, a printed or handwritten prescription may be faxed or emailed to the pharmacy. However, transmission is not secure and transcription errors may occur on entry into pharmacy management systems.

e-Prescribing

e-Prescribing

e-Prescribing is the secure electronic creation and transmission of a prescription between an authorized prescriber and a patient’s pharmacy of choice, using clinical point-of-service (POS) solutions, in a manner which integrates clinical workflow and software.

e-Prescribing Enhnaced Capabilities

e-Prescribing Enhanced Capabilities

Once the basic functionality of e-prescribing is established, added features to further enhance patient and clinician experience may be possible.

 

Prescription Opioids and the Growing Crisis

There’s no silver bullet solution to solve the opioid crisis, but our health-care system can make strides forward.

Learn how e-prescribing can help prevent opioid fraud and misuse. 

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  • Canada is the second largest per capita consumer of prescription opioids in the world. 53 opioid prescriptions are filled for every 100 Canadians.
    Canada is the second largest per capita consumer of prescription opioids in the world. 53 opioid prescriptions are filled for every 100 Canadians.
  • Prescribed opioids are a factor in the crisis. 37% of patients admitted to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health reported receiving opioids solely from physician prescriptions.
    Prescribed opioids are a factor in the crisis. 37% of patients admitted to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health reported receiving opioids solely from physician prescriptions.
  • An estimated 2 in 5 prescribers are never notified of a patient’s drug misuse, or notified after the patient picks up the prescription.
    An estimated 2 in 5 prescribers are never notified of a patient’s drug misuse, or notified after the patient picks up the prescription.
  • An estimated 4,000 deaths in Canada were related to opioids in 2017.
    An estimated 4,000 deaths in Canada were related to opioids in 2017.
  • High numbers of Canadians have unused opioids following surgery, resulting in a surplus of opioids in medicine cabinets across the country that can be stolen or diverted.
    High numbers of Canadians have unused opioids following surgery, resulting in a surplus of opioids in medicine cabinets across the country that can be stolen or diverted.
  • PrescribeIT™ is a national not-for-profit service that allow prescriptions to be securely sent and cancelled electronically from a prescriber to a pharmacy, reducing the potential for opioid misuse.
    With e-prescribing, clinicians can prescribe opioids in small quantities, knowing that more can be prescribed remotely if needed.

 

PrescribeIT™ transmits prescription data via an encrypted two-factor authentication process. Prescription details are auto-populated directly into the pharmacy software from a doctor’s electronic medical record, preventing the fraud and misuse associated with handwritten and faxed prescriptions.