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Improving patient safety for the province of Prince Edward Island
The Medigent® DIS takes into account a patient's medication profile, immunization record, allergies, intolerances, and medical conditions.

The Issue:

The Province of Prince Edward Island (PEI) viewed establishing an electronic health record as a critical step in improving patient safety. In 2004, the government prioritized the creation of a centralized Drug Information System for this purpose.

The Challenge:

In conjunction with the province, DeltaWare Systems (now a division of Maximus Canada) began a process of developing and implementing a next-generation Drug Information System (DIS) as part of its Medigent® Suite.

The Solution:

The Medigent® DIS manages the medication portion of a patient’s health record. The system electronically links all health care sites with a database that maintains patient medication records for all residents. This database is accessible at:

  • pharmacies
  • hospital wards
  • long-term care facilities
  • emergency rooms
  • medical offices

The DIS system provides complete, up-to-date and accurate medication profiles for improved health planning, evaluation and research. It also includes a comprehensive Drug Utilization Review (DUR) and flags potential interactions with a patients medication profile.

The Outcome:

Since implementation, PEI residents benefit from greater patient safety, convenience and efficiency when they get a prescription filled. Pharmacists can more easily report adverse drug reactions to Health Canada.

The Medigent® DIS system is now in use in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Yukon as well as in PEI.

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