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Pharmasave Leads the Way In Implementing e-Prescription Technology

May 2, 2019

As the future of healthcare and technology continues to evolve, Pharmasave is taking the lead on implementing PrescribeIT™, the only national, not-for-profit e-prescribing service in Canada. Today, Pharmasave is pleased to announce our support for PrescribeIT™. Pharmasave will be working with Canada Health Infoway to continue rolling out PrescribeIT™ to Pharmasave members across the country as provinces go live.

Pharmasave was part of the first wave of pharmacies to launch PrescribeIT™ in 2017 and there are currently more than 40 locations live in Ontario and Alberta. PrescribeIT™ integrates seamlessly into electronic medical records and pharmacy management systems, enabling prescribers to electronically submit prescriptions to pharmacies while providing a convenient and secure way to communicate health information.

This service eliminates the need for paper prescriptions, safeguards patient health data from commercial use and maintains an independent prescribing and dispensing environment for healthcare professionals. PrescribeIT™ secure messaging supports improved communication with prescribers as an alternative to faxes and phone calls and facilitates prescription verification by pharmacy staff.

Pharmasave understands the importance of being on the innovative side of change to support patients with access to seamless national technology solutions. “This technology is in line with the paperless work environments being implemented in pharmacies,” says Allison Nourse, Pharmasave’s National Director of Pharmacy Innovation. Nourse continues, “This innovation has been long awaited in our healthcare system and is mutually beneficial to anyone involved in the system as a healthcare provider or as a patient. Pharmasave is excited to utilize the technology of e-prescribing to enhance patient care.”

“Pharmasave has been a part of PrescribeIT™ since our earliest days, and has been instrumental in helping us roll out the service across Canada,” said Michael Green, President and CEO of Canada Health Infoway. “We look forward to a long partnership with Pharmasave, and to its continued support and leadership.”

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About Pharmasave:
With more than 680 stores across the country, Pharmasave is one of Canada’s leading independent community pharmacies. Since being founded in 1981, Pharmasave has focused on building a national platform of community-based retail outlets designed to provide exceptional patient-centred healthcare, medication advice, drug store products and customer service. MedAlign@Pharmasave is a collection of services that help patients manage their medications more effectively, increases patient adherence and improves health outcomes. Through MedAlign@Pharmasave, pharmacists provide medication reviews and medication synchronization, assisting patients by aligning their refills to come due on the same day.

Pharmasave continues to differentiate itself through leading-edge digital solutions. Patients can access everyday tools to manage their health in ways that are simple to set up and easy to maintain with eCare@Pharmasave. This suite of interactive solutions enables patients to engage digitally with their pharmacy and empowers them with mobile refills, medication reminders and so much more. Each Pharmasave store operates independently to serve its individual community, tailoring both programs and services to the unique needs of customers and reinforcing the commitment to help all customers live well with Pharmasave.

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 serve all Canadians, pharmacies and prescribers and provide safer and more effective medication management by enabling prescribers to transmit a prescription electronically between a prescriber’s electronic medical record (EMR) and the pharmacy management system (PMS) of a patient’s pharmacy of choice. PrescribeIT will protect Canadians’ personal health information from being sold or used for commercial activities.

About Canada Health Infoway
Infoway helps to improve the health of Canadians by working with partners to accelerate the development, adoption and effective use of digital health across Canada. Through our investments, we help deliver better quality and access to care and more efficient delivery of health services for patients and clinicians. Infoway is an independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the federal government.

For more information, contact:
Media Relations
Pharmasave Drugs (National) Ltd.
604-455-2455
info@bc.pharmasave.ca

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