Without the Drug Information System
Without the Drug Information System, physicians only have access to information on medications they alone have prescribed, as well as details provided by the patient.
In advanced settings, where multiple physicians treating a patient access and update a common electronic medical record, medications prescribed outside the organization still may be missing – making it challenging to provide comprehensive care.
Pharmacists can face even greater challenges as they typically only have access to the medications dispensed at their specific pharmacy.
With the Drug Information System
The Drug Information System sets out to close those gaps, providing a single repository of all the drugs that have been prescribed, regardless of prescriber or dispensing site, for all patients. In the database, each patient profile also includes information on allergies, intolerances, vaccinations and contraindications – as well as pertinent clinical observations.The TELUS Drug Information System is powered by the Catamaran Corporation.
An accurate medication profile
With the the Drug Information System, healthcare professionals can see an accurate medication profile for a patient anytime, anywhere, providing access to:
- Prescription information from physicians;
- Prescription dispensing information from pharmacies;
- Drug-to-drug interaction alerts to avoid prescriptions that conflict; and,
- A database of all available drugs and their common dosages.