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British Columbia

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 available province-wide.

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.

 

 

 

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