PEI set to deploy drug information system
CHARLOTTETOWN – Canada Health Infoway has given approval to the Prince
Edward Island Department of Health for the final deployment phase of a
province-wide Drug Information System (DIS).
Developed in conjunction with DeltaWare Systems Inc., the system is set
to go live this fall.
According to the company, DeltaWare’s Medigent DIS will be the first of
its kind in Canada. The DIS will help ensure patient safety by allowing
for all data concerning a patient’s medication history to be accessed
provincially by all caregivers who prescribe and dispense medications.
The new system is the cornerstone of the Island’s new “All Drugs All
The Medigent DIS is unique for a variety of reasons. It is fully
integrated with the Medigent Claims Processing System, which allows
clinical functions to leverage claims functions, and vice versa.
The system also includes a comprehensive drug utilization review based
on First DataBank data and algorithms, flagging potential interactions
within the patient’s medication profile, immunization record, and
various attributes of his/her clinical history, such as allergies,
intolerances, medical conditions and general observations.
Despite being a totally integrated system, Medigent adheres to
jurisdictional privacy and health information legislation through a
logical separation of fiscal program data and clinical “All Drugs All
Medigent’s DIS is based on the HL7 version 3 messaging standard. The DIS
will fully support the CeRx clinical standard, the NeCST pharmacy claims
standard, and the CR v3 client registry messages.
Through these messaging standards, the product will be seamlessly
integrated with pharmacy POS systems, physician EMR products, and
hospital-based Clinical Information Systems. A web-based viewer will
also be deployed in Emergency Rooms, Family Health Centres, and
The DIS is DeltaWare’s most recent addition to its suite of healthcare
products known as Medigent. Various components of the Medigent Suite are
deployed in Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nunavut, Northwest
Territories, Manitoba, and Yukon.
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