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Canada Health Infoway is working with Health Canada, the provinces and territories, and industry stakeholders to operate and maintain PrescribeIT®, a national e-prescribing service. PrescribeIT® enables prescribers to electronically transmit a prescription directly from an electronic medical record to the pharmacy management system of a patient’s pharmacy of choice.

What will PrescribeIT® do?

PrescribeIT® is a national e-prescribing service that provides safer and more efficient medication management by connecting community-based prescribers (such as physicians and nurse practitioners) to community retail pharmacies, enabling the digital transmission of prescriptions.

PrescribeIT® serves patients, pharmacies and prescribers, and:

  • Ensures patient choice of pharmacy
  • Safeguards patient health data from commercial use
  • Maintains an influence-free prescribing and dispensing environment
  • Continues to be accountable to Canadians through their federal, provincial and territorial governments


PrescribeIT® enables prescribers and pharmacists to electronically create, receive, renew and cancel prescriptions. The service also provides:

  • Secure clinician messaging
  • Prescription status notifications
  • Integration with public drug formularies*
  • Standardized terminology through the Canadian Clinical Drug Data Set
  • Enhanced user identity proofing with multi-factor authentication
  • Reduced potential for fraud and abuse, especially for narcotics and other controlled substances

Please download the PrescribeIT® Backgrounder for more information.

*in jurisdictions where it is available.

Introducing PrescribeIT® 5.0 

Driven by customer insights, PrescribeIT® v5.0 streamlines the prescriber authentication process and simplifies e-renewal workflows. This new version enables more efficient maintenance of local pharmacy records within EMRs and provides prescribers a straightforward means to manage scenarios where multiple medications are dispensed for a single prescription.

PrescribeIT® is currently working with EMR and PMS vendor partners to implement the latest version of PrescribeIT®.

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