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PrescribeIT Benefits

Prescribers and pharmacists work to make sure patients get the medications they need. But almost 30 per cent of prescriptions are never filled.

Not only can medication non-adherence lead to adverse events, it increases costs to the health care system. According to a World Health Organization report, medication non-adherence accounts for five per cent of Canadian hospital admissions and five per cent of physician visits, resulting in an additional $4 billion in health care costs annually.

Returning to the doctor’s office for a refill is also costly — to the tune of $35 million in lost productivity, travel and other costs.

But medication compliance isn’t the only challenge. 39 per cent of family physicians are either never notified of a patient’s misuse of controlled substances, or else receive notification only after the prescription has been filled. According a 2018 study, 78 per cent of Canadians are open to adopting mandatory e-prescribing of controlled substances like opioids.

Enhanced workflow efficiency, communication and confidence in dispensing benefits prescribers, pharmacists and patients — and the health care system as a whole.

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  • Improved communication with pharmacists through clinical communications using your EMR — no more fax machines
  • Seamless integration into your existing electronic medical record (EMR)
  • More time for patient care due to improved workflow and reduced paperwork
  • Health care analytics improve understanding of prescribing in Canada, delivering better health outcomes for all Canadians
  • Decreased administrative load
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  • More time for patient consultations due to more efficient dispensing
  • Fewer dispensing and transcription errors
  • Improved communication with prescribers through clinical communications using your pharmacy management system (PMS)
  • Decreased administrative load
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  • Improved medication adherence
  • Fewer lost/damaged prescriptions
  • Decreased risk of privacy breaches due to fax transmission issues or unsecured email
  • Improved patient safety
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Health Care System

  • Less fraud and potential for abuse
  • Reduction of inappropriately filled prescriptions for narcotics
  • Improved medication cost management


Further Benefits:

PrescribeIT® is the only national, not-for-profit e-prescribing service that enhances medication safety and protects patient privacy.

  • Integrates with jurisdictional assets such as drug information systems (DIS), drug formularies and registries
  • Was developed with input from community prescribers, pharmacies, provincial and territorial governments and regulators
  • Is committed to protecting an influence-free dispensing and prescribing environment
  • Safeguards prescription data from commercial use
  • Was developed using non-repayable funding grants from Health Canada to offset the setup costs of the service