About PrescribeIT®

Canada Health Infoway is working with Health Canada, the provinces and territories, and industry stakeholders to develop, operate and maintain the national e-prescribing service known as PrescribeIT®. PrescribeIT® will provide citizens, pharmacies and prescribers with safer and more effective medication management by enabling prescribers to transmit a prescription electronically between a prescriberís electronic medical record (EMR) and the pharmacy management system (PMS) of a patientís pharmacy of choice. PrescribeIT® will protect Canadiansí personal health information from being sold or used for commercial activities.

Physician and Pharmacist Benefits

PrescribeIT® is integrated into the EMR and the PMS systems, which means there is little change to existing workflows. It is as easy to use as printing or auto-faxing prescriptions from an EMR. PrescribeIT® also enhances communication between physicians and pharmacists by replacing fax or phone calls with secure clinical communications.

The benefits of e-Prescribing with PrescribeIT®:

  • Requires minimal changes to your clinical prescribing workflow
  • Improves patient safety and continuity of care
  • Supports improved first-fill medication adherence, promoting safer drug use and stronger medication compliance for better health outcomes
  • Reduces the risk of prescription fraud and abuse of prescription medications especially for narcotics and other controlled substances, through more secure prescribing and improved data for narcotics monitoring programs
  • Reduces the risk of transcription errors associated with auto-fax and handwritten prescriptions
  • Contributes to a patientís lifetime medication history in the drug information system of each province/territory, optimizing federal and provincial/territorial investments in existing jurisdictional drug information systems

Current Status in Alberta

  • As of May 2020, 11 clinics and 22 pharmacies are live with the PrescribeIT® service as part of the Limited Production Release and currently includes the communities of Lethbridge, Picture Butte & Coaldale. An additional 269 sites are preparing for deployment.
  • The Alberta team has been working collaboratively with the PrescribeIT® team to provide integration with provincial systems for identity authentication and prescription data to the Alberta drug information system, Pharmaceutical Information Network (PIN).
  • Alberta Health and PrescribeIT® are working with the Alberta College of Pharmacists, the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Alberta Pharmacists Association and the Alberta Medical Association to ensure appropriate regulation and standard operating procedures are in place. This includes an irrefutable electronic signature on the prescription.