PEI Drug Information SystemAbout the Drug Information System
Prince Edward Island launched Canada's first province-wide Drug Information System in all Island pharmacies in 2007.
The Drug Information System (DIS) is a computer-based system where information about all prescription drugs dispensed to Island residents is gathered and securely stored. It is electronically linked to many health care sites, such as pharmacies, health centres, hospital pharmacies and emergency departments.
The system is accessible to authorized health care professionals, including physicians and pharmacists, and it is intended to support the delivery of health care to all Island residents. All pharmacists are required by the Pharmaceutical Information Act to record all prescriptions filled with the DIS.
Drug Information System Brochure
Benefits of DIS to Patient Care and Safety
The Drug Information System:
- reduces the potential for harmful drug interactions, prescription errors, and adverse drug reactions.
- makes it easier for pharmacists to report adverse drug reactions to Health Canada.
- helps pharmacists counsel patients about their medications.
- promotes better patient care by enhancing the partnership between physicians and pharmacists.
- eliminates the need to repeat patient's medication history at each visit to the physician or pharmacist.
Privacy and Security of Patient Information
Your privacy is protected by the Pharmaceutical Information Act. The Act allows you to request that a password be applied to your medication profile. This password allows you to control access to your information, and must be provided to your pharmacist and physician at each visit.
Only authorized health care professionals who have signed confidentiality forms have access to information in the DIS. Pharmacists and physicians must have specific reasons to access your medication information, for example, to write or fill prescriptions.
There are serious penalties for unauthorized or inappropriate use of patient information, including fines of $15,000 to $50,000.
A Privacy Impact Assessment has been conducted by an independent security company to ensure that the system is secure and patient information is not at risk.
For more information
Phone: (902) 620-3762 or 1-877-577-3737