TORONTO, April 21 /CNW/ - A new working group of clinicians from various
disciplines will help shape the future of e-Prescribing in Canada,
announced Richard Alvarez, President and CEO, Canada Health Infoway (Infoway).
"Infoway greatly values the advice and knowledge health care providers have
shared with us over the years," said Alvarez. "We are continuing this
practice by forming an e-Prescribing Working Group, to bring leadership
to our efforts to promote electronic prescribing. The goal is to
contribute to the efforts of provinces, territories and the private
sector to integrate e-Prescribing functionality into the clinical
systems used by health professionals."
The working group is chaired by Dr. Brendan Bunting, a physician and
former President of the Alberta Medical Association.
"It's essential that considerations such as workflow and
functionality—from the perspective of the health care providers who
will be using e-Prescribing—be part of the planning from the onset,"
said Dr. Bunting. "The working group provides a forum in which that
dialogue can occur, taking into account the perspectives of various
clinical disciplines from different parts of Canada before the systems
are designed and built."
The other members of the working group are:
Dr. Eric Balser, a physician from Nova Scotia
Dr. Keith Clark, a physician from Saskatchewan
Dr. Stephen Holland, a physician from British Columbia
Ms. Iris Krawchenko, a pharmacist from Ontario
Ms. Claudia Mariano, a nurse practitioner from Ontario
e-Prescribing allows health providers to fill out and send prescriptions
electronically so their patients' pharmacists of choice can access them
instantly. Accessing prescriptions electronically increases the
productivity of health professionals and helps keep patients safer by
reducing medication errors.
The establishment of the e-Prescribing Working Group is part of Infoway's strategy to increase the use of Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems
in Canada. The EMR is the record that a clinician maintains on his or
her own patients, which details demographics, medical and drug history,
and diagnostic information such as laboratory results and findings from
Canada Health Infoway is an independent, not-for-profit organization
funded by the federal government. Infoway jointly invests with every province and territory to accelerate the
development and adoption of information and communications technology
projects in Canada. Fully respecting patient confidentiality, these
secure systems will provide clinicians and patients with the
information they need to better support safe care decisions and manage
their own health. Accessing this vital information quickly will help
foster a more modern and sustainable health care system for all
Biographies - e-Prescribing Working Group
Dr. Eric Balser
Dr. Balser is a General Practitioner from Middleton, Nova Scotia. He
has been involved in numerous IT initiatives in Nova Scotia and has
been using an EMR since he started his practice 11 years ago. A former
member of Infoway's Physician Resource Group, Dr. Balser served as a member of the
Doctors Nova Scotia IT Steering Committee for five years.
Dr. Brendan Bunting
Dr. Bunting served as President of the Alberta Medical Association (AMA)
in 2003-2004, subsequently serving on the Canadian Medical Association
Board for three years. Dr. Bunting has been practising in Ponoka,
Alberta since 1980. Since implementing an EMR in 2002, he has become
increasingly involved in efforts to advance the EHR. Dr. Bunting's
special interests include working on data sharing arrangements as well
Dr. Keith Clark
Dr. Clark has been a practising family physician in Saskatoon for more
than 20 years. He developed a keen interest in informatics while
evaluating Electronic Medical Record (EMR) solutions for the provincial
medical association. Dr. Clark continues to work with the provincial
EMR program and also with the Saskatoon Health Region as Chief Medical
Dr. Stephen Holland
Dr. Holland is a clinical gastroenterologist with a long-standing
interest in medical informatics. He has been involved in many aspects
of EMR deployment and integration. Presently, Dr. Holland serves on
several medically-related Information Technology committees, looking at
facilitating the sharing of clinical data between EMRs and Electronic
Health Records (EHRs), including: electronic order entry, pharmacy data
integration, and e-prescribing strategies.
Ms. Iris Krawchenko
Ms. Krawchenko is Pharmacist and Chair of the Board of Directors for
Dell Pharmacy's 17 locations in Hamilton, Ontario. She was recently
reappointed by the Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to
serve as a member of the Ontario Pharmacy Council. Ms Krawchenko is
past President of the Ontario College of Pharmacists and is credited
with the creation of the Task Force on Optimizing the Role of the
Pharmacist, of which she was Chair. In 2007, she received the
Pharmacist of the Year Award from the Ontario Pharmacists' Association.
Ms. Claudia Mariano
Ms. Mariano has more than 25 years experience as a registered nurse, and
has been a nurse practitioner since 1999 with a special focus on
chronic disease management and smoking cessation. Having worked in
interdisciplinary team environments in community health centres and
with family health teams, Ms. Mariano comes from a primary health care
background where she has worked with EMRs for the past seven years. Ms.
Mariano is currently President-Elect of the Nurse Practitioners'
Association of Ontario.
SOURCE Canada Health Infoway
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