Sobeys to roll out e-prescription service in retail pharmacy locations nationwide by 2020
STELLARTON, NS, Feb. 04, 2019 /CNW/ - Sobeys Inc. is pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with Canada Health Infoway to launch PrescribeIT™, Canada's only national not-for-profit electronic prescribing service. This innovative e-prescribing platform will soon be offered in Sobeys, Safeway, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, Lawtons, Foodland and IGA retail pharmacies across the country.
PrescribeIT™ is a national e-prescribing service that allows physicians and prescribers to send prescriptions and renewal requests electronically to a patient's preferred pharmacy, resulting in more efficient patient care, enhanced safety and greater accuracy when filling prescriptions.
In partnership with Canada Health Infoway, Sobeys plans to roll out the PrescribeIT™ service to retail pharmacy locations across Canada over the next two years. Sobeys continues to work with the provincial ministries of health and municipalities from across the country to launch the service throughout Canada in 2019 and 2020.
"We are proud to partner with Canada Health Infoway to lead the implementation of this innovative e-prescription service to our customers and pharmacy patients across the country," said Jedd Wood, Vice President & General Manager, Sobeys National Pharmacy. "The adoption of the PrescribeIT™ platform in pharmacy retail locations across Canada will provide significant benefit to patients, physicians and pharmacy teams. By making our prescription processes more efficient, pharmacy teams will be able to dedicate more time to patient care and creating better pharmacy experiences."
"Canada Health Infoway is excited that Sobeys Inc. is partnering with us to launch PrescribeIT™ in its retail pharmacies across the country," said Michael Green, President and CEO, Infoway. "This national, not-for-profit e-prescribing service provides safer and more effective medication management and protects patients' personal health information from being sold or used for commercial activities. It's an important step in helping Canadians experience better health outcomes."
In December 2018, Sobeys announced it was the first pharmacy retailer in Atlantic Canada to offer PrescribeIT™, allowing physicians and health professionals to send prescriptions and renewals electronically to a patient's pharmacy, completely eliminating the need for paper.
PrescribeIT™ is a free service offered by health care prescribers and pharmacies. Patients that are interested in using the PrescribeIT™ service may wish to consult with their physician or prescriber.
Sobeys currently offers the PrescribeIT™ service in four Sobeys and Lawtons pharmacies in Saint John, New Brunswick, three Sobeys and Safeway pharmacies in Lethbridge, Alberta and two Sobeys pharmacies in Ontario.
Saint John, New Brunswick
- Sobeys Lansdowne – 149 Lansdowne Avenue
- Sobeys East Point – 44 East Point Way
- Lawtons Catherwood – 107 Catherwood Street
- Lawtons McAllister Place – 519 Westmorland Road
- Sobeys Uplands – 327 Bluefox Boulevard North
- Safeway Fairway Plaza – 2750 Fairway Plaza Road South
- Safeway West Lethbridge – 1, 550 University Drive West
- Sobeys Highland – 274 Highland Road West, Kitchener
- Sobeys Columbia – 450 Columbia Street West, Waterloo
About Canada Health Infoway
Infoway helps to improve the health of Canadians by working with partners to accelerate the development, adoption and effective use of digital health across Canada. Through our investments, we help deliver better quality and access to care and more efficient delivery of health services for patients and clinicians. Infoway is an independent, not-for-profit organization funded by the federal government.
Canada Health Infoway is working with Health Canada, the provinces and territories, and industry stakeholders to develop, operate and maintain the national e-prescribing service known as PrescribeIT™. PrescribeIT™ will serve all Canadians, pharmacies and prescribers and provide safer and more effective medication management by enabling prescribers to transmit a prescription electronically between a prescriber's electronic medical record (EMR) and the pharmacy management system (PMS) of a patient's pharmacy of choice. PrescribeIT™ will protect Canadians' personal health information from being sold or used for commercial activities.
About Sobeys Inc.
Proudly Canadian, with headquarters in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, Sobeys has been serving the food shopping needs of Canadians since 1907. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited (TSX: EMP.A), Sobeys owns or franchises approximately 1,500 stores in all 10 provinces under retail banners that include Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, Farm Boy and Lawtons Drug Stores as well as more than 350 retail fuel locations. Sobeys, its franchisees, and affiliates employ more than 120,000 people. More information on Sobeys Inc. can be found at www.sobeyscorporate.com.
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