BC to expand PharmaNet system
VICTORIA – The government of British Columbia
announced that it will make medication histories available to authorized
individuals in medical practices through PharmaNet.
Expansion of access to PharmaNet is being supported by a change in the
proper legislation with amendments to the Access to PharmaNet Patient
Record Information Regulation.
PharmaNet is the secure computer network that links all community
pharmacies in B.C. and many hospital pharmacies, to a central database.
The computer network protects British Columbians from potentially
dangerous medication interactions and duplications.
In 1999, amendments to the Access to PharmaNet Patient Record
Information Regulation expanded PharmaNet access to all hospital
emergency departments and a small number of medical practices on a pilot
project basis. Following successful completion of the pilot and the
recent regulatory amendment, medical practice access will now be
The amendments will take effect on Feb. 1, 2005. This time is required
to put all necessary processes and procedures in place. Specifically,
steps are being taken to ensure privacy and legal considerations are
addressed in the data access agreements and the registration process.
According to the government, strict privacy measures remain in place for
PharmaNet, with all access logged and all users individually identified.
PharmaNet will continue to comply with the province’s Freedom of
Information and Protection of Privacy Act.