Prescribing: Access to the Pharmaceutical Information Program (PIP)
or electronic Health Record (eHR Viewer)
The Council of the College has approved in principle a new policy addressing physician access to the Pharmaceutical Information Program (PIP) or electronic Health Record (eHR) Viewer in prescribing.
Given the broad scope of this policy, the Council directed that the proposed policy be widely circulated to physicians, health care organizations and the public to seek feedback.
The Council continues its efforts to try to improve physician prescribing, in part to address the ongoing opioid crisis. The Council recognizes the value of databases such as the PIP and eHR Viewer, as they permit physicians to access information about all drugs dispensed to Saskatchewan patients in Saskatchewan community pharmacies. As a guiding principle, the Council would like physicians to access a patient’s medication profile in the PIP or the eHR Viewer prior to writing prescriptions, particularly for Prescription Review Program (PRP) medications.
However, recognizing the systemic and technical challenges that still prevent some physicians from regularly accessing either of these databases, the proposed policy establishes limited expectations for all CPSS-licensed physicians. If this policy is adopted, ALL Saskatchewan physicians will be expected to have active login capability with either the PIP and/or the eHR Viewer. The policy encourages physicians to access the patient’s medication profile in one of those databases before prescribing, but given the recognized access issues, that will not be mandatory at the present time except as directed in other standards or bylaws relating to the prescribing of opioid agonist therapy.
The Council anticipates
that it will consider feedback from stakeholders, including members of the
profession, at its meeting on September 25, 2020. The Council would like
to hear from you! If you have concerns
with the proposed policy, it would be helpful if you explain the reasons for
How to Respond
In order for the College to consider feedback and correlate feedback for the Council in time for the next Council meeting, all feedback should be provided to the College no later than September 1, 2020.
Please complete the linked
survey. Alternatively, feedback can be
provided to firstname.lastname@example.org.