Sunday, January 17, 2010

Pharmacy network still in pilot stage

From the Western Star (NL):
Dwight Ball, president of the Canadian Pharmacists Association, believes there’s much to look forward to as the medical world gets even more connected.

The Deer Lake pharmacist said one pharmacy has been added to a new prescription sharing network by the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information and that was in late November.

This information sharing network is one component of provincial plans for a complete electronic health record and is designed to hold records of all medications prescribed to patients, connecting pharmacists and other health professionals together.

“This is the first step, but it’s a step towards complete electronic health records, which really will be years away,” said Ball.

“Eventually it’ll go through this pilot stage and then we’ll see the complete project. It could be a matter of weeks — who knows what comes out of the work that’s done at the reference stores,” he said. ...more

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