OTTAWA, May 21, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and
the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) have approved a joint
statement on the future of e-prescribing that aims to have all
prescriptions for Canadians created, signed and transmitted
electronically by 2015.
The joint statement identifies the core principles that must be captured
in a pan-Canadian system of e-prescribing, as well as its potential
benefits and challenges.
"Canada's pharmacists and physicians have set forth a bold vision for
the future of e-prescribing in Canada," said Dr. Anna Reid, CMA
president. "However, now that bold vision must be matched with bold
action to advance e-prescribing for the benefit of patients."
The CMA and CPhA developed the joint statement as a first step in
bringing partners together to develop a strategy and action plan. The
two associations recognize that, while achieving full e-prescribing
functionality by 2015 will not necessarily be an easy vision to
achieve, the benefits to patients, health care providers, and the
overall health system are undeniable and well worth the effort.
"Pharmacists and physicians can play a stronger role in improving
patient safety and efficacy associated with medications, but we need
the proper tools with which to do it," stated Paula MacNeil, CPhA
president. "We hope this statement will inspire all stakeholders to
work collaboratively in order to ensure that e-prescribing becomes a
reality by 2015."
The statement also contains a five-point plan to move Canada toward the
goal of e-prescribing by 2015. This includes the need for:
provinces and Canada Health Infoway to complete the electronic
connectivity requirements among points of care;
pharmacist and physician organizations to promote the health-related
benefits of e-prescribing to health care providers; and
provinces, territories and regulatory bodies to put in place regulatory
frameworks to facilitate and govern the use of e-prescribing by
A full copy of the joint statement can be found at www.cma.ca or www.pharmacists.ca.
SOURCE: Canadian Medical Association
For further information:
Canadian Pharmacists Association
Canadian Medical Association